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Irina Baraksanova
Baraksanova irina 1985 worlds
Baraksanova at the 1985 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Union

Born

July 4 1969 (1969-07-04) (age 48)
Tashkent, Tashkent Province, Uzbek SSR, USSR

Years on National Team

1983-1986

Current status

Retired

Irina Baraksanova (Russian: Ирина Бараксанова; born July 4 in Tashkent) is a retired gymnast from the former Soviet Union. She won a team gold medal at the 1984 Friendship Games and 1985 World Championships. Baraksanova's strengths lay in the artistry and grace of her work, even as she struggled with inconsistency.

Career

Baraksanova began gymnastics at the age of 7. She made her international debut at the 1983 Blume Memorial, winning silver in the all-around. In 1984, Baraksanova won the European Junior All-Around title, a bronze in the all-around at the Chunichi Cup, and a silver in the all-around at the Moscow News competition. Since the Soviets were boycotting the 1984 Olympics, they held their own separate Olympics, called the Friendship Games. Baraksanova was selected to the Soviet team and contributed to their gold medal finish.

In 1985, she was named to the Soviet Worlds team and won team gold with them. In 1986, she finished third in the all-around at the American Cup and first in the International Mixed Pairs. She retired soon after.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1983Blume Memorial2nd
USSR Championships6
1984European Junior Championships1st
Tokyo Cup2nd3rd
Chunichi Cup 3rd
Moscow News2nd1st1st
Olomouc Friendship Games1st
USSR Cup62nd3rd1st
USSR Championships3rd
1985Montreal World Championships1st
USSR Cup2nd3rd1st
USSR Championships4
Riga International2nd41st2nd
1986McDonald's American Cup3rd
International Mixed Pairs1st

Floor Music

1985 - "My Sweet and Tender Beast" by Evgeni Doga

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