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Svetlana Grozdova
Svetlana grozdova
Grozdova at the 1976 Olympic Games

Full name

Svetlana Khristoforovna Grozdova

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union USSR

Born

January 29 1959 (1959-01-29) (age 58)
Rostov on Don, Rostov Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR

Current status

Retired

Svetlana Khristoforovna Grozdova (Russian: Светлана Христофоровна Гроздова, born January 29, 1959 in Rostov on Don) is a retired Soviet Russian gymnast.

She started training in gymnastics at age 8 and was coached by Russian gymnastics coach Ruslan Lavrov in a gym in Rostov-on-Don. A member of the Soviet Union's 1976 Olympics Gold medal-winning gymnastics team alongside Maria Filatova, Nellie Kim, Elvira Saadi, Ludmilla Tourischeva and Olga Korbut.

In 1974 and 1976, she was the Moscow News All Around champion. She was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honor in 1976. In 1980 she left the world of competitive gymnastics and took up sports acrobatics and was competing in it by the mid 1980s.

Her best event was the balance beam. Despite not winning any Olympic medals in this event, she was a pro at wowing the crowds at USSR gymnastics exhibitions around the world with her tremendous flexibility and mesmerizing balance on her hands. She had an unusually flexible, rubber-like spine which allowed her to perform walkovers along the 4" (10 cm) width of the balance beam, and to do a split handstand at the very end of the beam and touching the beam with her foot behind her head.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1973Riga International3rd3rd2nd
1974Moscow News1st2nd2nd2nd
Antibes International1st
USSR Cup51st3rd
USSR Championships44
1976Moscow News1st1st3rd
Chunichi Cup5
USSR Cup92nd3rd
USSR Championships41st1st
Montreal Olympic Games1st

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