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Tatiana Lysenko
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Lysenko at the 1992 Olympic Games

Full name

Tatiana Felixivna Lysenko

Countr(ies) represented

800px-Flag of the Soviet Union USSR
800px-Flag of the CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
180px-Olympic flag Unified Team
800px-Flag of Ukraine Ukraine

Born

June 23, 1975 (age 39)
Kherson, Ukranian SSR, USSR

Years on National Team

1990-1994

Current status

Retired

Tatiana Felixivna Lysenko (Ukrainian: Тетяна Фелiксiвна Лисенко; born on June 23, 1975, in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR) is a Soviet and Ukrainian gymnast, who had her senior competitive career from 1990 to 1994.

Lysenko is Jewish. She was known for the difficulty level of her routines and demeanor on the floor. She won many major medals but her inconsistency prevented her from even greater achievements - she was a serious contender for the 1992 Olympic title and 1991 and 1993 world titles, but mistakes prevented this.

Lysenko was a member of the Soviet Union team during the early 1990s, a period when its pool of talent was deep (the USSR never lost the women's team competition in the Olympic Games).

Career

Lysenko made her senior debut in 1990, winning the all-around competition in the World Cup. The next year she was selected for the Soviet team to the world championships in Indianapolis, where they won the team competition. She qualified to the all-around competition, ahead of her talented teammates Oksana Chusovitina, Rozalia Galiyeva and Natalia Kalinina, all accomplished gymnasts. However, she fell from beam and did not win any individual medals.

Lysenko's most notable achievements came at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She represented the Unified Team (ex-Soviets) along with Svetlana Boguinskaya, Tatiana Gutsu, Elena Grudneva, Rozalia Galiyeva and Oksana Chusovitina. They won the team title by a comfortable margin. Lysenko finished 7th in the all-around but she won the bronze medal in the vault after performing the most difficult vault in the entire competition, a double-twisting Yurchenko (9.912). Lysenko then won the gold in the beam event (9.975). By the end of the competition, she was twice an Olympic champion.

Unlike many of her Soviet teammates, Lysenko opted to continue after the breakup of the USSR, and represented her native Ukraine at the 1993 World Championships in Birmingham. She won bronze in the all around, which would have been gold had she not stepped out of the floor. Lysenko was the only ex-Soviet on the podium, a reflection of how the political upheaval affected sports.

Lysenko continued to compete internationally in 1994. She placed 18th in the all-round (due to a mistake on her beam dismount) at the World Championships in Brisbane. In the event finals, she placed 4th in vault.

After her competitive career was over, Lysenko moved to the United States and now lives in California. She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law and was admitted the California State Bar in 2005. In 2002 Lysenko was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1990Brussels World Cup Final1st
Chunichi Cup2nd
USSR Cup83rd
USSR Championships11
1991Indianapolis World Championships1st138
USSR Championships2nd
1992Barcelona Olympic Games1st73rd1st
Nantes European Championships 2nd
1993Birmingham World Championships3rd
1994Brisbane World Championships184

Floor Music

1989 - "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy

1992-1993 - "Malaguena"


Olympic Balance Beam Champions
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