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Oksana Omelianchik
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Omelianchik at the 1985 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Oksana Alexandrovna Omelianchik

Country represented

800px-Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Born

January 2, 1970 or December 31, 1969 (disputed)
Ulan-Ude, Russian SFSR, USSR

Years on National Team

1983-1989

Club

Spartak Kiev

Coach(es)

Valentina Panchenko, Valery Tupitsy, Galina Perskaya

Current status

Retired

Oksana Alexandrovna Omelianchik (Russian: Оксана Александровна Омельянчик; alternative transliterations: Oksana Alieksandrovna Omiel'jantchik; Oksana Omeliantchik; Oksana Omelyanchik) is a retired Soviet gymnast and the all-around gold medalist of the 1985 World Gymnastics Championships.

Early Life and Career

Omelianchik was born on January 2, 1970 or December 31, 1969 in Ulan-Ude, USSR). She was originally a figure skater, and participated in her first skating meet at the age of 6. She began gymnastics on the recommendation of her skating choreographer, who believed she had potential in the sport. She trained at the Spartak club in Kiev, where her coaches included Valentina Panchenko, Valery Tupitsy and Galina Perskaya.

By 1983, Omelianchik was competing internationally for the USSR. At that year's Junior Friendship Tournament (Druzhba), an important meet for junior gymnasts, she earned gold medals on the floor exercise and uneven bars and placed fourth in the all-around competition. At her first USSR Championships in 1983, she placed fifth in the all-around. The next year, she competed in both the junior and senior USSR Championships, winning the all-around silver medal at the former and finishing fourth at the latter, and was selected as the alternate for the Soviet team at the 1984 Friendship Games (also known as 'Olomouc', after the city in which the competition was held).

Senior Career

In 1985, Omelianchik won the Soviet National Championships, beating the future Olympic champion Elena Shushunova. She also competed at the European Championships for the first time, winning the balance beam title showing a triple twist dismount. She also won a bronze medal in the all-around behind Shushunova and East German Maxi Gnauck, silver on the floor exercise and bronze on the uneven bars.

Omelianchik was a member of the first place Soviet team at the 1985 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, but struggled in the team competition and did not qualify for the all-around final. However, Soviet team officials decided to pull Olga Mostepanova and Irina Baraksanova, who had both qualified for the finals, and substitute Omelianchik and her teammate Shushunova. The decision proved to be sound; the two Soviet gymnasts tied for the all-around gold and became Worlds Co-Champions. In the event finals, Omelianchik won the floor gold medal with her "Birdie" exercise, which would become her most well-known routine.

Omelianchik continued to compete for the Soviet team after the World Championships, placing third in the all-around at the 1986 Goodwill Games and third all around at the World Cup in Beijing. She also won the balance beam title and placed second on uneven bars and vault and third on floor exercise. The following year at the World Championships the Soviet team lost the title to a dominant team from Romania. Omelianchik debuted her new vault which introduced the half on technique in the roundoff family of vaults. She also showcased a new floor routine to Ballet Russe and a new triple full to a tuck front rebound, but suffered an uncharacteristic fall in the team competition. She placed fifth all around and failed to qualify for any event finals.

Despite maintaining consistent results within the top the 7 in the USSR Cup and USSR Championships for years, she was not selected for the 1988 Olympics. She was named as an alternate to the team and traveled with them to Seoul, but was not called upon to compete. Her final competition was the 1989 USSR Cup, where she placed 2nd in the all-around.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1983Junior Friendship Tournament41st1st
USSR Junior Championships5
USSR Championships 5
1984USSR Junior Championships2nd
USSR Championships 4
USSR Cup73rd
Moscow News53rd
1985USSR Championships 1st
Helsinki European Championships3rd1st1st2nd
Montreal World Championships1st1st1st
USSR Cup42nd2nd
Moscow News2nd1st1st
1986Moscow Goodwill Games1st3rd2nd
Beijing World Cup Final3rd2nd2nd1st3rd
USSR Cup62nd
1987Rotterdam World Championships2nd5
USSR Cup3rd3rd
USSR Championships6
1988USSR Cup863rd2nd
USSR Championships2nd4
1989USSR Cup 2nd


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European Uneven Bars Champions
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