Ludmila Ezhova

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Ludmila Ezhova
Full name Ludmilla Ezhova Grebenkova
Alternative name(s) Lyudmila Grebenkova, Lyudmila Yezhova
Country represented  Russia
Born (1982-03-04) March 4, 1982 (age 35)
Height 4'10"
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Head coach(es) Leonid Arkaev
Retired 2008

Ludmila Ezhova Grebenkova, (Russian: Людмила Ежова Гребенкова (Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova), born 4 March 1982) is a Russian former competitive gymnast. She won bronze in the team event at the 2004 Summer Olympics and four medals at the World Championships.


Ezhova was a mainstay of the Russian team from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s. She also represented Russia at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where she competed only balance beam. She was particularly noted for her work on balance beam where she was a four (4) time world and European medalist, including a gold medal. Her balance beam routines were characterized by a wide array of difficult acrobatic skills connected in immediate, unusual sequencing.

In 1997, Ezhova placed 8th in the all-around at Russian Championships. The following year she placed 10th in the all-around at the Russian Cup. In the Spring of 1998, she competed on uneven bars and balance beam in the team final at European Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Individually, she earned a bronze medal on balance beam, tying with Romanian Simona Amanar. At the 1999 Russian Cup, Ezhova placed 9th in the all-around. Ezhova was not named to the World Team for Russia. In 2000, she was not named to the Russian team for European Championships or the Olympic Games.

Ezhova made the team for the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, Belgium. She competed on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise in the team final and helped earn the silver medal. Individually she earned a silver medal on balance beam. At the 2002 European Championships in Patras, Greece, she helped the Russian team earn the gold medal by competing on uneven bars and balance beam. Individually she won the gold medal on balance beam and placed 7th on the uneven bars. That same year she made her second World Championships team. There was no team competition at the 2002 World Championships but she earned a bronze medal on uneven bars and placed 6th place on balance beam. In 2003, Ezhova placed 13th at the Russian Championships. At the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim, California, the Russian team of which Ezhova was a member, greatly faltered and placed 6th in the team competition. Individually, however, she earned a bronze medal on balance beam. Ezhova did not compete on the European Championships team. Later that year she made the team for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. At the Olympics, Ezhova competed on uneven bars and balance beam in both qualifications and the team final. The Russian team earned a bronze medal in the team competition. Individually, Ezhova did not advance to any individual finals.

In 2008 Grebenkova returned to gymnastics to compete at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Here she competed for the team on balance beam. The Russian team placed 4th in the team final.

Eponymous skills[edit]

Uneven bars: Swing backward - release with half turn in flight between bars to catch low bar (D)


Ezhova-Grebenkova is a team and rec coach at Southeastern Gymnastics in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with her husband Georgy Grebenkov, also a former Olympic gymnast.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1998 European Championships 2nd 3rd
2001 World Championships 2nd 26th 6th 2nd
2002 European Championships 1st 7th 1st 2nd
World Championships 3rd 6th
2003 World Championships 6th 3rd
2004 Olympic Games 3rd
World Cup Final 6th 5th
2006 World Cup Final 8th 8th
2008 Olympic Games 4th
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2008 Olympic Games Beijing Team 4 180.625 3 244.400
Balance beam 37 14.600
2006 World Cup Final São Paulo Unevne bars 8 9.950
Balance beam 8 14.200
2004 World Cup Final Birmingham Uneven bars 6 9.350
Balance beam 5 9.437
Olympic Games Athens Team 3 113.235 4 149.420
Uneven bars 23 9.475
Balance beam 15 9.462
2003 World Championships Anaheim Team 6 108.985 5 145.572
Uneven bars 94 8.537
Balance beam 3 9.550 6 9.425
2002 World Championships Debrecen Uneven bars 3 9.375
Uneven bars (Semi-final) 3 9.512
Uneven bars (Qualification) 3 9.575
Balance beam 6 8.975
Balance beam (Semi-final) 2 9.612
Balance beam (Qualification) 2 9.562
European Championships Patras Team 1 111.833
Uneven bars 7 8.700 3 9.437
Balance beam 1 9.562 1 9.625
2001 World Championships Ghent Team 2 109.023 4 144.134
All-around 26 34.774 10 36.011
Vault 91 8.612
Uneven bars 6 8.625 4 9.300
Balance beam 2 9.650 1 9.612
Floor exercise 67 8.487
1998 European Championships Saint Petersburg Team 2 112.720
Uneven bars 23 9.250
Balance beam 3 9.662 4 9.687

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