Olga Gontar

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Olga Gontar
Country represented  Belarus
Born (1979-01-11) January 11, 1979 (age 38)
Minsk, Belarus
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level senior
Years on national team Dinamo Minsk
Head coach(es) Irina Leparskaya
Assistant coach(es) Galina Krylenko
Retired 1996

Olga Gontar (Belarusian: Вольга Гонтарь; Russian: Ольга Гонтарь, born January 11, 1979 in Minsk, Belarus) is a Belarusian Individual Rhythmic Gymnast. She is the 1995 Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist and the 1993 European Junior All-around champion.

Career[edit]

Gontar started competitive rhythmic gymnastics at 6 years old, In 1991, then 12-year-old Gontar won the first of three consecutive all-around titles at the Schmiden International. She would then took the all-around gold at the 1993 European Junior Championships, she also came in first on both ball and ribbon and was second with rope.

She debuted as a senior in the 1994 season. In 1995 would be Gontar's last and busiest year in rhythmic. She won bronze in the all-around at the 1995 Grand Prix Final, in the event finals; she won gold in rope (tied with Olena Vitrychenko and Yanina Batyrchina) and bronze in ribbon. Before Gontar could compete at the World Championships, reports surfaced that a back injury was forcing her out and would be the deciding factor in her early retirement from the sport at just the age of 16.

After she completed her career in rhythmic gymnastics, Gontar briefly made a modeling career appearing in print ads and magazine covers for European luxury brands in Milan and Paris.

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