Kateryna Serebrianska

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Kateryna Serebrianska
Катерина Серебрянська
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Personal information
Alternative name(s) Ekaterina Serebrianskaya
Country represented  Ukraine
Born (1977-10-25) 25 October 1977 (age 39)
Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Retired 1998

Kateryna Serebrianska[a] (born 25 October 1977 in Simferopol) is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 1996 Olympics gold medalist, the 1995 World All-around champion, a two time (1995,1996) European All-around champion and three time Grand Prix Final All-around champion.

Life and career[edit]

Serebrianska was born in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. She started gymnastics in 1982 at age 4, with her mother Liubov as her coach at the Gratsia club in Simferopol. She later moved to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to train at the Deriugins School.

Serebrianska tied Bulgaria's Maria Petrova for the all-round title at the 1995 World Championships in Vienna, Austria. She also won several individual apparatus titles: rope at the 1993 World Championships in Alicante, Spain; hoop (tied with Belarusian Larissa Lukyanenko and Bulgarian Maria Petrova), ball (tied with Ukrainian teammate Olena Vitrychenko), clubs and ribbon in the 1994 World Championships in Paris, France; ball (tied with Russians Yanina Batyrchina and Amina Zaripova) at the 1995 Worlds in Vienna, Austria; and again in 1996 in Hungary. She also won the 1996 European all-round title, together with the team gold, and gold on rope, ball and ribbon finals.

Serebrinaskaya at the 1996 World Championships

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Serebrianska's technical strength won her the gold medal, although she had a slight fumble with the ribbon before her final toss. She was ahead of her closest rival, Russia's Yanina Batyrchina by 0.150 points going into the ribbon routine, who competed before her and dropped the ribbon.

Serebrianska, Alina Kabaeva, Olexandra Tymoshenko and Evgenia Kanaeva are the only rhythmic gymnasts to win World, European and Olympic titles.

At the 1997 European Championships in Greece, Serebrianska dropped a club at the end of her all-round clubs routine (9.825), but scores of 9.950 on both the rope and ribbon, and a 9.912 on hoop gave her an accumulated score of 29.637 and hence the bronze medal by 0.012 ahead of French competitor, Eva Serrano. In the apparatus finals, she won the gold in the rope event with a perfect 10.000, and took silver in the clubs and ribbon events. She did not compete at the 1997 World Championships due to an illness suffered by her mother. In her final major competition, the 1998 European Championships, she reached each of the apparatus final events. She won gold in the hoop final (9.950) and silver in rope (9.933). She also won bronze in the ribbon event (9.933), tying with the same score as Evgenia Pavlina of Belarus and Yanina Batyrchina of Russia, but winning the medal due to the new tie-breaker scoring system. She placed 6th (lost in the tie-breaker to Belarusian, Yulia Raskina) in the all-round final.

Serebrianska retired from rhythmic gymnastics in 1998.


Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [1]
1998 Hoop Nature Boy by Nat King Cole
Clubs "Summertime" (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin
Rope Jugglers in Obsidian by Andreas Vollenwieder
Ribbon Indigo Bay
1997 Hoop Tipsy Bumblebee by Günter Noris Gala Big Band
Clubs Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin
Rope ?
Ribbon Nature Boy by Nat King Cole
1996 Ball Atrocious Romance
Rope Kalinka / Katyusha ( Russian traditional )
Clubs Nur kein genieren (from Elisabeth)
Ribbon Tipsy Bumblebee by Günter Noris Gala Big Band
1995 Ball Dream by Vladimir Bustriakov
Rope Kalinka / Katyusha ( Russian traditional )
Clubs Nur kein genieren (from Elisabeth)
Ribbon Rock'n'Roll by Vladimir Bustriakov
1994 Ball Ne me quitte pas by Jacques Brel
Hoop Besame Mucho by Consuela Velazques
Clubs the Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Ribbon Theme from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
1993 Ball Ne me quitte pas by Jacques Brel
Hoop music from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Clubs March of the Trolls (remix) by Edvard Grieg
Ribbon Macavity, the Mystery Cat music from Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music [2] Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
1996 Olympics Atlanta All-around 39.683 39.113
Tipsy Bumblebee Ribbon 9.833 9.699
Kalinka/Katyusha Rope 9.950 9.799
Atrocious Romance Ball 9.950 9.783
Nur kein genieren Clubs 9.950 9.832

Notes and references[edit]


a.   ^ Ukrainian: Kateryna Olehivna Serebrianska (Катерина Олегівна Серебрянська).
    Russian: Yekaterina Olegovna Serebryanskaya (Екатерина Олеговна Серебрянская).


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