Svetlana Baitova
Baitova svetlana 1989 worlds
Baitova at the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Svetlana Nikolaevna Baitova

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR


September 3 1972 (1972-09-03) (age 44)
Mogilev, Belarusian SSR, USSR

Years on National Team



Spartak Mogilev

Current status


Svetlana Nikolaevna Baitova (Russian: Светлана Николаевна Баитова, Belarusian: Святлана Мікалаеўна Баітава, born September 3 in Mogilev) is a retire Soviet gymnast. She won team gold with the Soviet team at the 1988 Olympics and 1989 World Championships. She was also a member of the Soviet team that won the silver medal at the 1987 World Championships. She is the first gymnast to perform a double-twisting Yurchenko vault.


As a junior, Baitova was USSR Champion in 1986 and also placed fourth in the all-around at the Blume Memorial that year. The following year, she came in second at the USSR Championships and fourth at the USSR Cup, but won the vault and balance beam at the latter competition. She competed at the European Championships, placing tenth in the all-around. She went on to win silver on floor and in the all-around and gold on bars and beam at Moscow News.

She was selected to the Soviet team for the 1987 World Championships. For the first time since 1966, the Soviets came in second in the team competition. Individually, Baitova finished fourth in all individual events, except balance beam, where she did not qualify.

Baitova started off 1988 by winning gold on vault bars and floor and silver in the all-around at the American Cup. She also won silver in the all-around at the International Mixed Pairs, and placed third on beam and sixth in the all-around at the USSR Cup. She had not yet recovered from a hand fracture she received in 1987, but she was selected to the Olympic team owing to her strong performance at the Olympic Trials. The team would go on to win gold in the team competition, but Baitova did not qualify to the all-around or any event finals.

In 1989, she competed in a friendly meet against the USA and later the 1989 World Championships, winning team gold in both events.


She retired in 1990 and since 1991 works as gymnastics coach in Mogilev. In 1990 she married and gave birth to son Alex, but remarried later. In 2002 she was invited for coaching in Qatar on a five-year contract, but returned after 11 months because she could not stand hot weather.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1986USSR Championships 1st
Blume Memorial4
1987USSR Championships 2nd
USSR Cup 41st1st
Moscow European Championships10
Moscow News2nd1st1st2nd
Rotterdam World Championships2nd4444
1988McDonald's American Cup2nd1st1st1st
International Mixed Pairs2nd
USSR Cup 63rd
Seoul Olympic Games1st
1989USA vs. USSR1st
Stuttgart World Championships1st
USSR Cup51st
USSR Championships15

Floor Music

1987- "Matrimonio de Amour" by Richard Clayderman

1989- "Chau Paris" by the Caravelli Orchestra 

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