Yulia Lozhechko
Lozhechko yulia 2007 worlds
Lozhechko at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Full name

Yulia Aleksandrovna Lozhechko

Country represented

Flag of Russia Russia


December 14 1989 (1989-12-14) (age 27)
Bryansk, Bryansk Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR

Years on National Team

2003-2008, 2011


Dynamo Bryansk


Olga Chirokowa

Current status


Yulia Aleksandrovna Lozhechko (Russian: Юлия Александровна Ложечко, born on December 14, 1989, in Bryansk, Russia) is a Russian artistic gymnast. She is the only child of Olga and Aleksandr. Yulia began gymnastics at age 7 and was coached by her mother Olga. Yulia's talent was spotted and she was sent to train at Round Lake as part of the Russian National Team. Yulia competed at the 2004 Junior European Championships where she won a gold medal as part of the Russian Team. Lozhechko also won a silver medal on the balance beam and a bronze medal in the All Around final. She also qualified to the Floor and Uneven Bars finals.

Senior Career

In 2005, Lozhechko became age eligible for senior competition. She won a bronze medal in the All Around at the 2005 European Championships behind Marine Debauve of France and fellow Russian Anna Pavlova. At the World Championships later that year, she qualified to the balance beam final but failed to medal after a fall left her in 7th position. At the 2006 European Championships, she was part of the Russian team which won the bronze medal. Although she did not win an individual medal, she did qualify to two event finals - uneven bars and balance beam. She was selected to compete at the 2006 World Championships, but broke fingers in training and had to withdraw.

The highlight so far of Lozhechko's career came at the 2007 European Championships where she won the Gold Medal on the balance beam with a score of 15.675. She also placed 4th in the vault final. Lozhechko was selected for the Russian Team for the 2007 World Championships. The Russian team was set to medal until an unfortunate error from Ekaterina Kramarenko which nullified her Vault left the Russians in 8th. Despite this, the team qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics where Lozhechko was included in the squad but did not compete.

Lozhechko and teammate Maxsim Devyatovski were banned from the national training center in Round Lake after the 2007 Worlds. During the preliminary competition, she changed her balance beam routine in order to qualify for the event final but fell. She was allowed to return in December 2007 but she and the head coach Kiryashov are still feuding. Kiryashov blames Yulia's poor performance on "mental issues" saying that "Yulia simply has psychological problems," he said. "I know exactly what they are, but I don't want to talk about it. When she listened to us, the coaches, everything was fine, but as soon as she tries to do everything on her own and to her own taste she has immediate problems. We know that Lozhechko is going through hard times. But we are trying to help, and I hope soon everything will be fine again."

Lozhechko's favourite apparatus is floor and she admires Alexei Nemov, Aleksei Bondarenko and Svetlana Khorkina.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2004Amsterdam Junior European Championships1st3rd2nd
2005Debrecen European Championships3rd
2006Volos European Championships46
2007Moscow World Cup1st
Amsterdam European Championships41st
Stuttgart World Championships88
2008Stuttgart World Cup6
Madrid World Cup Final2nd
2011Shenzhen Universiade3rd

Floor Music

2003 - "Capriccio Romantico" by Richard Clayderman

2004-2005 - "Blue Tango" by Xavier Delisle

2007 - "Sonata No. 7" by Angelica Divina

European Balance Beam Champions
Larisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáPolina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra ČáslavskáKarin JanzTamara LazakovichLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciElena MukhinaNatalia ShaposhnikovaMaxi GnauckLavinia AgacheOksana OmelianchikDaniela SilivaşGabriela Potorac | Olesya DudnikSvetlana BoginskayaGina GogeanRoza GaliyevaYevgeniya KuznetsovaSvetlana KhorkinaLudmila EzhovaCătălina PonorYulia LozhechkoKsenia SemenovaYana DemyanchukAmelia RaceaAnna DementyevaCătălina PonorLarisa IordacheMaria KharenkovaAndreea MunteanuAliya MustafinaCătălina Ponor

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