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Lilia Podkopayeva was born on August 15, 1978 in Donestk, Ukraine. Her coach, Galina Lossinskaya, brought her through more than ten competitions all together, in which she fared well. In 1996 Atlanta Georgia Olympic Games, she placed first in all-around women’s competition and since then has toured United States in John Hancock Tour of World Gymnastics Champions.
1992 Tatiana Gutsu, Vitaly Scherbo
Tatiana Gutsu, women’s all-around champion in 1992 Olympics, has an excellent record of performance. She was born on fifty of September, 1976 in Soviet Union, and was selected at a very young age by her coach and trainer, Victor Dikii. In 1992 Olympics, her career became tarnished by conspiracy when she took place of Roza Galieva in all-around competition, one for which she did not qualify. It later became known that Galieva was not really injured, and though it was apparently not Gutsu’s idea to take over that part of competition, two of them split prize earnings and became bitter acquaintances. Today, Tatiana lives in United States.
Vitaly Scherbo, men’s all-around champion in 1992, has a very impressive record. He won an unprecedented six individual gold medals at ‘92 Olympics and, all told, he holds more than fifty medals in total from championships around world. Coached by two of best in world -- Leonid Filipenok and Sergei Shinkar, he is truly an impressive gymnast. Now, with his wife and daughter, Irina and Kristina respectively, he runs Vitaly Scherbo School of Gymnastics in Las Vegas. The website for school of gymnastics can be found at http://www.vssg.net/.
1988 Elena Shoushounova, Vladimir Artemov
Elena Shushonova, women’s all-around Olympic champion of 1988, was born in May of 1969 in Saint Petersburg, which was, at time, Leningrad. She trained under Viktor Gavrichenkov at Central Army Club in then Soviet Union. With two Olympic gold medals, a bronze medal and a silver medal, and more than twenty other medals from championships around world, Elena Shushonova has an illustrious history of gymnastic prowess, and in 2004, she was added to International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
Born in town for which he was named in December of 1964, Vladimir Artemov came away with all around gold medal in 1988 Olympics. In fact, he came away a champion several times over, with gold or silver in all of his events, a truly impressive finish. Trained under Viktor Firsov at Burevestnik, at that time a part of Soviet Union, he also received thirteen other medals in all of his other endeavors. Now, he lives in United States with his wife and children, and is a part of National Coaching Staff.
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