Tatiana Kravtchenko

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Tatiana Kravtchenko
Full name Tatiana Viktorovna Kravtchenko
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1936-06-13) 13 June 1936 (age 82)
Moscow
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Maria Lisitzian
Assistant coach(es) Tamara Vartanova

Tatiana Viktorovna Kravtchenko (Russian: Татьяна Викторовна Кравченко; born 13 June 1936) is a retired rhythmic gymnast who competed for the Soviet Union. She is a two-time (1963, 1965) World all-around silver medalist and was a member of the Soviet group that won the first-ever World group title, held at the 1967 World Championships. She is an Honored Master of Sports in rhythmic gymnastics.

Career[edit]

Tatiana Kravtchenko, a statuesque blonde, was one of the pioneers of rhythmic gymnastics in the 1960s. She competed at the first World Championships held in Budapest, winning the individual All-around silver medal. She won another silver medal in All-around at the 1965 World Championships.

Group exercises debuted on the World stage at the 1967 World Championships in Copenhagen. Kravtchenko and Ludmila Savinkova were among the six gymnasts in the Soviet team for Group Exercise and won the gold medal, marking the beginning of the Soviet rhythmic gymnastics school's international successes. Both Savinkova and Kravtchenko were coached by Tamara Lisitzian, and later on, by her sister Maria Lisitzian.

At the start of the 1960s, rhythmic gymnastics was still looking for the right direction of development and the execution artistry was considered by some to be rather important.[citation needed] Throughout her career, Kravtchenko remained faithful to the Soviet classical style and music. Her best known routine was the one without hand apparatus to "Russian theme" music. It brought her the world gold medal in Freehands on this piece at the 1965 World Championships in Prague.

Personal life[edit]

Kravtchenko finished her education at the High Institute for Physical Culture in Moscow. She then earned a degree at the High Institute for Arts.[1]

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