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Natalia Ziganshina
Natalia Ziganshina
Ziganshina at the 2001 World Championships

Country represented

Flag of Russia Russia

Born

December 24 1985 (1985-12-24) (age 31)
St. Petersburg, Russian SFSR, USSR

Height

5 ft. 1 in.

Coach

Viktor Gavrichenkov

Current status

Retired

Natalia Kamilovna Ziganshina, (Russian: Наталья Камиловна Зиганшина, born December 24, 1985) is a retired Russian gymnast. She represented Russia at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games. Ziganshina was born into a Tatar family. Her best event was vault. Ziganshina has a younger sister, Gulnara, who also competed in elite gymnastics.

Career

In 2000 Ziganshina was named to the Russian Junior European team. Here she helped the team win a gold medal in the team competition. Individually, she won the all-around bronze medal and a silver medal on uneven bars.

The following year, Ziganshina, a first year senior, made her first World Championship team. At the 2001 World Championships in Ghent, Belgium, she helped her Russian team win a silver medal in the team competition. In the all-around competition, Ziganshina won the silver medal behind teammate Svetlana Khorkina.

At the 2002 Patras European Championships Ziganshina helped the Russian team win a gold medal in the team final. Individually, she won a gold medal on vault and a silver medal on floor exercise as well as placing 4th in the all-around final. Later that year Ziganshina made her second World Championship team. In Debrecen, Hungary, Ziganshina won the silver medal on vault and placed 7th in the floor exercise final.

Injuries kept Ziganshina out most of the 2003 season. She came back in 2004 to become a member of the 2004 Russian Olympic team. In Athens Ziganshina helped the Russian team to a bronze medal in the team competition but she did not qualify to any individual finals.

Ziganshina continued to compete after the Olympics. In 2005 she placed 6th in the all-around at Russian Championships, which were held in March. In August of that year she competed at the Universiade where she placed 5th in the all-around. Her last international competition was The Trophée Massilia where she won a bronze medal on vault. At the 2006 Russian Championships in March she placed 2nd with the St. Petersburg team and 13th in the all-around. Following this competition, she took a break from gymnastics.

Ziganshina began training again in January of 2007 after almost a year off but did not ever fully come back.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2000Paris Junior European Championships1st3rd2nd
2001Chunichi Cup6
Brisbane Goodwill Games2nd4
Ghent World Championships2nd2nd
2002Russian Cup1st
Stuttgart World Cup Final8
Patras European Championships1st41st
Debrecen World Championships2nd7
2003Russian Championships3rd
2004Russian Championships2nd
Chunichi Cup9
Athens Olympic Games3rd
2005Russian Championships6
Trophée Massilia143rd
Izmir Summer Universiade3rd5
2006Russian Championships2nd13


European Vault Champions
Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kot • Ute Starke • Solveig Egman • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzLudmilla TourischevaLudmilla Tourischeva | Angelika Hellmann • Nellie KimNadia ComăneciCristina GrigoraşOlga BicherovaElena ShushunovaSvetlana BoginskayaTatiana GutsuLavinia MiloşoviciSimona Amânar • Adrienn Varga • Simona AmânarNatalia ZiganshinaMonica RoşuFrancesca Benolli • Anna Grudko • Carlotta Giovannini • Oksana ChusovitinaAriella KaeslinEkaterina KurbatovaSandra IzbaşaGiulia SteingruberMaria PasekaGiulia SteingruberColine Devillard

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