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Natalia Laschenova
Natalia Laschenova
Laschenova at the 1989 Chunichi Cup

Full name

Natalia Vasiliyevna Laschenova

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Born

September 16 1973 (1973-09-16) (age 44)
Jelgava, Latvian SSR, USSR

Years on National Team

1985-1991

Club

Dynamo Riga

Current status

Retired

Natalia Vasiliyevna Laschenova (Russian: Наталья Васильевна Лащенова) (born September 16, 1973 in Jelgava, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union) is a retired Soviet gymnast. Laschenova competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The trademarks of her gymnastics was her power, strong technique, difficult skill sets and highly expressive dance.

Early Career

Laschenova began gymnastics at the age of 6, reaching the international gymnastics scene at age 12 with her first competition, the 1985 Riga International. Laschenova did well, placing 2rd in the all around, 2nd on vault and 1st on balance beam. Laschenova continued to compete internationally at the 1986 Belgian Gym Masters, 1986 Moscow News and 1987 USA vs USSR.

1988-1989

Laschenova competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics, contributing to a team gold medal for the Soviet Union and placing 5th in the all around. The following year she competed at the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where she won a silver medal in the all around along with a gold medal with the team.

Post 1989

Laschenova was hampered in 1990 by an injury. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Latvia did not compete with most of the former Soviet states as the Unified Team meaning that Laschenova would be unable to make the 1992 Summer Olympics. She retired in 1991.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1985Riga International3rd2nd1st
1986Riga International2nd1st
Moscow News42nd1st
1987USSR Championships5
Riga International2nd
1988Seoul Olympic Games1st5
USSR Cup3rd1st61st
DTB Cup2nd
USSR Championships1st
European Cup3rd71st3rd
Hungarian International2nd
Kosice International1st
1989Stuttgart World Championships1st2nd
Chunichi Cup1st
Blume Memorial2nd
USSR Championships1st
1990USSR Championships3rd
Moscow News1st42nd51st
DTB Cup3rd
Arthur Gander Memorial1st

Floor Music

1986 - "Jingle Bells"

1988 - "The Uniform" by Alfred Schnittke from The Gogol Suites

1989-1991 - "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Grieg

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