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.
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.
|2004||Amsterdam Junior European Championships||1st||3rd||2nd|
|2005||Debrecen European Championships||3rd|
|2006||Volos European Championships||4||6|
|2007||Moscow World Cup||1st|
|Amsterdam European Championships||4||1st|
|Stuttgart World Championships||8||8|
|2008||Stuttgart World Cup||6|
|Madrid World Cup Final||2nd|
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 Latynina • Věra Čáslavská • Polina Astakhova • Eva Rydell • Věra Čáslavská • Karin Janz • Tamara Lazakovich • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nadia Comăneci • Elena Mukhina • Natalia Shaposhnikova • Maxi Gnauck • Lavinia Agache • Oksana Omelianchik • Daniela Silivaş • Gabriela Potorac | Olesya Dudnik • Svetlana Boginskaya • Gina Gogean • Roza Galiyeva • Yevgeniya Kuznetsova • Svetlana Khorkina • Ludmila Ezhova • Cătălina Ponor • Yulia Lozhechko • Ksenia Semenova • Yana Demyanchuk • Amelia Racea • Anna Dementyeva • Cătălina Ponor • Larisa Iordache • Maria Kharenkova • Andreea Munteanu • Aliya Mustafina • Cătălina Ponor|