Oksana Skaldina

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Oksana Skaldina
Skaldina (right) at the 1991 World Championships
Personal information
Country represented  Ukraine
Former countries represented Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
 Soviet Union
Born (1972-05-24) 24 May 1972 (age 45)
Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Residence Moscow
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level Honoured Master of Sport
Club Deriugins School
Head coach(es) Irina Deryugina
Albina Deryugina
Former coach(es) Lyudmila Kovalik

Oksana Valentinovna Skaldina (Ukrainian: Оксана Валентинівна Скалдіна; Russian: Оксана Валентиновна Скалдина) is a retired individual rhythmic gymnast and current coach. She is the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist and 1991 all-around world champion.


Skaldina was born on 24 May 1972 in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, to an engineer and a kindergarten inspector.

Skaldina started training in gymnastics at the age of 5 with Lyudmila Kovalik. When she moved to Kiev, she began training at the Deryugins School with Albina and Irina Deriugina.[1]

Skaldina's breakthrough came at the 1988 European Cup, where she placed fifth in the all-around and won the ball title. She shared in the Soviet silver-medal finish behind Bulgaria at the 1989 World Championships, and also claimed the all-around bronze and three golds (rope, hoop, ribbon). In 1990, she placed first at the Intervision Cup, Goodwill Games, USSR National Championships and World Cup, third at the European Championships, and became the 1991 World All-around champion.

Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, Skaldina and her teammate Olexandra Tymoshenko, both coached by the Deryuginas, competed for Ukraine at the 1992 European Championships in Stuttgart. Skaldina placed fifth in the all-around and won three apparatus gold medals. At the 1992 Summer Olympics, the ex-USSR countries qualified as one Unified Team based on their results as the Soviet team the previous year. Although Russia's Oxana Kostina had a better competitive season, Skaldina was named to the Olympic team along with compatriot Timoshenko. (As individual athletes not competing in team sports in Barcelona, they both competed under the Ukrainian flag.)[2] In Barcelona, Timoshenko won the gold medal while Skaldina settled for bronze behind Spain's Carolina Pascual. In tears, she refused to acknowledge Pascual and shake her hand during the medal ceremony, resulting in boos from the Spanish audience.[2] She retired after the competition.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to three-time Olympian Dmitry Svatkovsky, an Olympic gold and silver medalist in modern pentathlon. They met at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and four years later had a daughter, Daria Svatkovskaya.[3] Daria was a member of Russia's rhythmic gymnastics national team until a back injury forced her into in retirement in 2014.

After retiring from competition, Skaldina moved to Svatkovsky's hometown of Moscow and began coaching. She currently coaches at Sports School No. 74 and is a member of Russia's national team coaching staff.[4] She is an Honoured Master of Sport for the Soviet Union and an Honoured Coach of Russia.[5]

Notable trainees[edit]

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition description Location Music [6] Apparatus Score-Final
1992 Olympics Barcelona All-around 57.912
Prelim 19.262
Gopak (Ukrainian Traditional Folk) Rope 9.525
Peer Gynt Suite No.1: In The Hall Of The Mountain King music from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg Hoop 9.725
 ? Ball 9.650
 ? Clubs 9.750

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "24 мая в истории отечественного движения" (in Russian). Russian Olympic Committee. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Medal Ceremony of RSG Olympics in 1992". YouTube. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Спортивный интерес (in Russian). Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Тренеры [Coaches] (in Russian). Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Спортивный зал НУ КРСК ВОС СДЮСШОР №74 (in Russian). Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Timoschenko RG music list". rgforum.