Elvira Saadi
Elvira saadi
Saadi at the 1972 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR


January 2 1952 (1952-01-02) (age 65)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR


5 ft. 5 ½ in.

Current status


Elvira Saadi (born January 2, 1952 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is a retired artistic gymnast from the former Soviet Union who is now an elite gymnastics coach in Canada.

As a member of the Soviet Union's women's gymnastics team, Saadi shared in the team gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. She placed 8th in the all-around at the 1972 Olympics and 7th all-around at the 1976 Olympics.

Saadi won the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise at the 1973 USSR National Championships. That year, she tied for first on vault at the 1973 World University Games, where she also placed 3rd in the all-around.

At the 1974 World Championships, she earned a share of the USSR team gold, placed fourth in the all-around and captured the bronze medal on floor exercise.

Following the 1976 Olympics, Saadi accepted a coaching position at the Moscow Dynamo Club, where she was the coach of Soviet gymnast Tatiana Groshkova, who placed third all-around in the 1989 U.S.S.R. gymnastics championships and placed first all-around at the 1990 Trophee Massilia.

Saadi relocated to Canada in 1991 to become a coach at the Canadian gym Cambridge Kips, where she trained Canadian Olympians Yvonne Tousek and Crystal Gilmore.

In June 2011, Saadi announced plans to open her own club, Dynamo Gymnastics. The new club has begun operations on the premises of Revolution Gymnastics in Waterloo, where several top young gymnasts who left Cambridge Kips with Saadi are now training.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1972Munich Olympic Games1st8
USSR Cup5551st1st
USSR Championships1st5551st1st
1973USSR Championships 1st
Chunichi Cup2nd
Moscow Summer Universiade3rd1st
USSR Cup (April)2nd1st2nd
USSR Cup (September)1st2nd
Riga International52nd1st
1974Varna World Championships1st43rd
USSR Cup3rd42nd2nd
Moscow News3rd3rd1st1st
1975USSR Cup1st
USSR Championships2nd553rd3rd2nd
1976Montreal Olympic Games1st7

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