Tatiana Lysenko

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Tatiana Lysenko
Miloşovici, Ónodi, Lysenko 1992 Olympics.jpg
Lysenko (right) at the 1992 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameTatiana Felixivna Lysenko
Country represented Ukraine
Former countries represented CIS (Olympic flag.svg Unified Team)
 Soviet Union
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 43)
Kherson, Ukraine[1][2]
ResidenceCalifornia, United States[3]
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
ClubDynamo Kherson[1]
Head coach(es)Oleg Ostapenko

Tatiana Felixivna Lysenko (Ukrainian: Тетяна Фелiксiвна Лисенко; born June 23, 1975) is a Soviet and Ukrainian former gymnast,[4] who had her senior competitive career from 1990 to 1994. Lysenko was a member of the Soviet Union team during the early 1990s, a period when its pool of talent was deep (the USSR never lost the women's team competition in the Olympic Games).

Gymnastics career[edit]

Lysenko was born in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, and has a Ukrainian-Jewish background.[5][6] She took up gymnastics at the age of seven, and made her senior debut in 1990, winning the all-around competition at the World Cup. Next year she was selected for the world championships in Indianapolis, where she won the team competition. She qualified to the all-around competition, ahead of her talented teammates Oksana Chusovitina, Rozalia Galiyeva and Natalia Kalinina, but fell from beam and did not win any individual medal.

Lysenko's most notable achievements came at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She represented the Unified Team (ex-Soviets) along with Svetlana Boguinskaya, Tatiana Gutsu, Elena Grudneva, Rozalia Galiyeva and Oksana Chusovitina. They won the team title by a comfortable margin. Lysenko finished 7th all-around, but she won the bronze medal in the vault after performing the most difficult vault in the entire competition, a double-twisting Yurchenko (9.912). Lysenko then won the gold in the beam event (9.975).[1]

Unlike many of her Soviet teammates, Lysenko opted to continue after the breakup of the USSR, and represented her native Ukraine at the 1993 World Championships in Birmingham. She won bronze in the all-around, which would have been gold had she not stepped out of the floor. Lysenko was one of only two ex-Soviets on the podium along with Oksana Chusovitina (representing Uzbekistan).

Lysenko continued to compete internationally in 1994. She placed 18th in the all-around at the World Championships in Brisbane. In the event finals, she placed fourth on vault. She retired after the World Championships.

Later life[edit]

After retiring from competitions Lysenko moved to the United States and now lives in California. She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law and was admitted the California State Bar in 2005. In 2002, she was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame,[2] and in 2016 into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. She is married and has a daughter.[3]

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1990 World Cup Final 1st 4th 1st 4th 3rd
1991 World Championships 1st 13th 8th
1992 European Championships 4th 6th 2nd 4th
World Championships 9th 7th 3rd
Olympic Games 1st 7th 3rd 1st
1993 World Championships 3rd 5th
1994 World Championships 18th 4th
  • Competitor for Ukraine
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1994 World Championships Brisbane All-Around 18 37.862
Vault 4 9.737 9 9.631
Floor Exercise 11 9.575
1993 World Championships Birmingham All-Around 3 39.011 11 38.105
Vault 21 9.581
Uneven Bars 5 9.500 8 9.637
Balance Beam 23 9.337
Floor Exercise 12 9.550
  • Competitor for CIS
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona Team 1 395.666
All-Around 7 39.537 5 79.122
Vault 3 9.912 5 19.824
Uneven Bars 13 19.774
Balance Beam 1 9.975 3 19.787
Floor Exercise 12 19.737
World Championships Paris Vault (Qualification) 6 9.862
Uneven Bars 9 8.775
Uneven Bars (Semi−Final) 3 9.862
Uneven Bars (Qualification) 6 9.875
Balance Beam 7 9.362
Balance Beam (Semi−Final) 1 9.937
Balance Beam (Qualification) 4 9.837
Floor Exercise 3 9.887
Floor Exercise (Semi−Final) 3 9.900
Floor Exercise (Qualification) 2 9.900
European Championships Nantes All-Around 4 39.137
Vault 6 9.862 6 9.887
Uneven Bars 2 9.900 3 9.900
Balance Beam 37 9.400
Floor Exercise 5 9.875 1 9.950
  • Competitor for Soviet Union
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1991 World Championships Indianapolis Team 1 396.055
All-Around 13 39.161 5 79.211
Vault WD 3 19.775
Uneven Bars 8 8.200 2 19.887
Balance Beam 8 19.775
Floor Exercise 8 19.774
1990 World Cup Final Brussels All-Around 1 39.599
Vault 4 9.887 3 9.925
Uneven Bars 1 9.937 1 9.887
Balance Beam 4 9.887 2 9.887
Floor Exercise 3 9.887 2 9.900

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Tetiana Lysenko. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b TATIANA LYSENKO. jewishsports.net
  3. ^ a b Tatiana Lysenko. International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Wechsler, Bob (2008). Day By Day In Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. pp. 214–. ISBN 9781602800137. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  5. ^ Horvitz, P.S. (2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. Specialist Press International. p. 196. ISBN 9781561719075. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  6. ^ 5 U.S. athletes get in Jewish hall of fame LOS ANGELES, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Friday, December 7, 2001

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