Bicherova at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Olga Anatolyevna Bicherova
October 26 1967
Olga Anatolyevna Bicherova (born October 26, 1967 or October 26, 1966 in Moscow, Russian SFSR) was a Soviet gymnast, who won the women's all-round gold medal at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Before gymnastics Bicherova began training in figure skating at the age of 4. A group of gymnastics coaches saw her when she was 6 years old and were impressed with her, suggesting she try gymnastics. Bicherova began gymnastics at age 7, initially training at the CSKA Moscow sports school and later representing the Armed Forces sports society. Her first major success was at the 1980 Junior Friendship Tournament, where she won the team gold, all-round title and placed first on the vault. A year later, Bicherova won the team gold and all-round gold at the 1981 World Championships, starting a series of major international successes, which included the all-round title at both the 1982 World Cup and the 1983 European Championships. She didn't compete at the boycotted 1984 Summer Olympics and also missed the Friendship Games.
Bicherova was an Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR. Due to an elbow injury, she retired from gymnastics in 1988. Bicherova studied journalism at the Moscow State University. Following her university studies she turned to coaching. Bicherova married fellow Soviet gymnast Valentin Mogilny; they currently live in France, where they coach, with their son Alexander. On occasion Bicherova has commented for French Eurosport.
|1980||Junior Friendship Tournament||1st||1st||1st|
|Junior USSR Championships||1st||1st||2nd|
|1981||Moscow World Championships||1st||1st|
|1982||Zagreb World Cup Final||1st||1st||2nd||3rd||1st|
|1983||Gothenburg European Championships||1st||1st||1st|
|Budapest World Championships||1st|
1981-1983- "Russian Fantasy" by 101 Strings
|World All-Around Champions|
|Vlasta Děkanová • Helena Rakoczy • Galina Rudko • Larisa Latynina • Věra Čáslavská • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Elena Mukhina • Nellie Kim • Olga Bicherova • Natalia Yurchenko • Elena Shushunova | Oksana Omelianchik • Aurelia Dobre • Svetlana Boginskaya • Kim Zmeskal • Shannon Miller • Lilia Podkopayeva • Svetlana Khorkina • Maria Olaru • Svetlana Khorkina • Chellsie Memmel • Vanessa Ferrari • Shawn Johnson • Bridget Sloan • Aliya Mustafina • Jordyn Wieber • Simone Biles|
|European All-Around Champions|
|Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kot • Larisa Latynina • Marjana Bilic • Věra Čáslavská • Karin Janz • Tamara Lazakovich | Ludmilla Tourischeva • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nadia Comăneci • Maxi Gnauck • Olga Bicherova • Elena Shushunova • Daniela Silivaş • Svetlana Boginskaya • Tatiana Gutsu • Gina Gogean • Lilia Podkopayeva • Svetlana Khorkina • Alina Kozich • Marine Debauve • Vanessa Ferrari • Ksenia Semenova • Anna Dementyeva • Aliya Mustafina • Giulia Steingruber • Ellie Downie|
|European Vault Champions|
|Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kot • Ute Starke • Solveig Egman • Věra Čáslavská • Karin Janz • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Ludmilla Tourischeva | Angelika Hellmann • Nellie Kim • Nadia Comăneci • Cristina Grigoraş • Olga Bicherova • Elena Shushunova • Svetlana Boginskaya • Tatiana Gutsu • Lavinia Miloşovici • Simona Amânar • Adrienn Varga • Simona Amânar • Natalia Ziganshina • Monica Roşu • Francesca Benolli • Anna Grudko • Carlotta Giovannini • Oksana Chusovitina • Ariella Kaeslin • Ekaterina Kurbatova • Sandra Izbaşa • Giulia Steingruber • Maria Paseka • Giulia Steingruber • Coline Devillard|