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Olga Bicherova
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Bicherova at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Olga Anatolyevna Bicherova

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Born

October 26 1967 (1967-10-26) (age 49)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR

Current status

Retired

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.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1980Junior Friendship Tournament1st1st1st
Junior USSR Championships1st1st2nd
1981Moscow World Championships1st1st
Chunichi Cup1st1st1st
USSR Championships43rd4
1982Zagreb World Cup Final1st1st2nd3rd1st
1983Gothenburg European Championships1st1st1st
Budapest World Championships1st
1984USSR Championships9

Floor Music

1981-1983- "Russian Fantasy" by 101 Strings


World All-Around Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyGalina RudkoLarisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáLudmilla TourischevaElena MukhinaNellie KimOlga BicherovaNatalia YurchenkoElena Shushunova | Oksana OmelianchikAurelia DobreSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalShannon MillerLilia PodkopayevaSvetlana KhorkinaMaria OlaruSvetlana KhorkinaChellsie MemmelVanessa FerrariShawn JohnsonBridget SloanAliya MustafinaJordyn WieberSimone Biles


European All-Around Champions
Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kot • Larisa Latynina • Marjana Bilic • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzTamara Lazakovich | Ludmilla TourischevaLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciMaxi GnauckOlga BicherovaElena ShushunovaDaniela SilivaşSvetlana BoginskayaTatiana GutsuGina GogeanLilia PodkopayevaSvetlana KhorkinaAlina KozichMarine DebauveVanessa FerrariKsenia SemenovaAnna DementyevaAliya MustafinaGiulia SteingruberEllie Downie


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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