Natalia Ilienko
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Ilienko at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR


March 26 1967 (1967-03-26) (age 50)
Alma Ata, Kazakh SSR, USSR


Dinamo Moscow

Current status


Natalia Ilienko (Russian/ Kazakh: Наталья Ильенко) was a Soviet gymnast born March 26, 1967 in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Ilienko was known for delivering vivid performances on floor where she demonstrated outstanding plasticity, choreography and showmanship. Her biggest accomplishment was becoming world floor champion in 1981.

Natalia competed at the 1980 Junior European Championships, finishing 6th all around and the 1981 European Championships, finishing 4th all around, before being selected for the world championships team in 1981. Although she only finished 10th All Around at the Soviet Championships, her first and second place finishes on beam at the Soviet and European Championships allowed her to make the team. She qualified 6th to the all around finals, but was not allowed to compete because five of her teammates had qualified ahead of her.

Natalia was selected for both the 1983 World Championships team and the 1984 Olympic Team. When the Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Olympics, she competed at the alternate games Friendship Games in Olomouc. Her performances in the team competition left her out of the all around as the fourth Soviet gymnast.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1979Chunichi Cup3rd
1980Junior European Championships6
USSR Championships1st761st44
1981Madrid European Championships42nd
USSR Championships 101st5
Moscow World Championships1st1st
Moscow News2nd2nd2nd1st3rd
1983USSR Championships2nd
Riga International41st
1984Olomouc Friendship Games1st
USSR Cup51st
USSR Championships1st

World Floor Exercise Champions
Matylda Pálfyová • Helena RakoczyTamara ManinaEva BosákováLarisa LatyninaNatalia KuchinskayaLudmilla TourischevaNellie Kim | Elena MukhinaEmilia EberleNatalia IlienkoEcaterina SzaboOksana OmelianchikDaniela Silivaş | Elena ShushunovaDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaCristina BontaşKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDina KochetkovaGina GogeanGina Gogean | Kui YuanyuanGina GogeanAndreea RăducanElena GómezDaiane Dos SantosAlicia SacramoneCheng FeiShawn JohnsonBeth TweddleLauren MitchellKsenia AfanasyevaSimone Biles

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