Elena Grosheva

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Elena Grosheva
Full nameElena Nikolayevna Grosheva
Alternative name(s)Yelena
Country represented Russia
Born (1979-04-12) April 12, 1979 (age 43)
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
GymRound Lake
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Olympic Games
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Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Lausanne Team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Dortmund Team
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1994 St Petersburg Team
Bronze medal – third place 1994 St Petersburg All Around

Yelena Nikolayevna Grosheva (Russian: Елена Николаевна Грошева; born April 12, 1979) is a Russian former competitive gymnast. She won silver in the team event at the 1996 Summer Olympics and two team medals at the World Championships.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Grosheva was born on April 12, 1979 in Russia.[2][3]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Master of Sports of Russia
  • International Master of Sports of Russia
  • Honored Master of Sports of Russia


Grosheva took up gymnastics at the age of five and showed a natural talent for the sport. In 1992, she was sent to Round Lake to train as part of the national team. Her first big competition was the 1994 Junior European Championships and later the same year she went to the World Championships.

At the 1994 Goodwill Games she had a stellar competition and one of the high points of her career, being a pivotal part of the Russian gold medal winning team, and winning bronze behind Dina Kochetkova and Shannon Miller, and ahead of such stars as Lilia Podkopayeva in the women's All Around. In 1996, Grosheva finished second all-around in the Russian Cup and became a member of the Olympic team. At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Russian team was in the lead after the compulsories, but in the finals she and her teammates had to compete against the noise from the American crowds and finished second behind the Americans. She placed into vault event finals, but finished a disappointing 7th. Her floor exercise scores had placed her highest among the Russians for event finals, but she was replaced by teammate Dina Kochetkova. Overall score was 32.057.

Post-competitive career[edit]

After being hampered by injuries Grosheva retired from the sport and joined Cirque du Soleil. In March 2007, she was appointed UNICEF Canada Goodwill Ambassador with her husband.[4]

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1994 World Championships 3rd 12th
1995 World Championships 4th 21st 7th 8th
1996 Olympic Games 2nd 7th WD
1997 World Championships 2nd
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1997 World Championships Lausanne Team 2 153.197 1 153.401
Vault 40 9.200
Balance beam 16 9.400
Floor exercise 52 8.912
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta Team 2 388.404
All-around 14 77.024
Vault 7 9.637 7 19.500
Uneven bars 47 19.012
Balance beam 21 18.987
Floor exercise WD 8 19.525
1995 World Championships Sabae Team 4 384.689
All-around 21 37.955 13 76.798
Vault 7 9.293 4 19.387
Uneven bars 13 19.362
Balance beam 8 9.562 9 19.312
Floor exercise 37 19.099
1994 World Championships Dortmund Team 3 194.546 4 385.515
Brisbane All-around 12 38.324

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Olympedia - Yelena Grosheva". Retrieved 2022-12-27. Full name: Yelena Nikolayevna Grosheva (-Barakatt) / Original name: Елена Николаевна Грошева (-Баракатт)
  2. ^ "Gymn Forum: Elena Grosheva biography". gymn-forum.net. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  3. ^ "GROSHEVA Elena". gymnastics.sport. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Steve Barakatt to Bring New Symphony as UNICEF Anthem". The Korea Times. October 27, 2009.

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