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Tatiana Lysenko

Tatiana Lysenko
— Gymnast —
Full name Tatiana Felixivna Lysenko
Country represented  Ukraine
Former countries represented  Soviet Union
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975
Kherson, Ukraine
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Oleg Ostapenko

Tatiana Felixivna Lysenko (Ukrainian: Тетяна Фелiксiвна Лисенко; born June 23, 1975) is a Soviet and Ukrainian former gymnast,[1] who had her senior competitive career from 1990 to 1994. 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).


  • Life and career 1
  • Competitive history 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Lysenko was born in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR. She has Ukrainian Jewish background.[2][3] She 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 holding two Olympic titles.

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 one of only two ex-Soviets on the podium along with Oksana Chusovitina (representing Uzbekistan), a reflection of how the political upheaval affected the sport.

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 on 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.

Competitive history

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1990 World Cup Final 1st 4th 1st 4th 3rd
1991 World Championships 1st 13th 8th
1992 European Championships 4th 6th 2nd 4th
World Championships 9th 7th 3rd
Olympic Games 1st 7th 3rd 1st
1993 World Championships 3rd 5th
1994 World Championships 18th 4th
  • Competitor for Ukraine
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1994 World Championships Brisbane All-Around 18 37.862
Vault 4 9.737 9 9.631
Floor Exercise 11 9.575
1993 World Championships Birmingham All-Around 3 39.011 11 38.105
Vault 21 9.581
Uneven Bars 5 9.500 8 9.637
Balance Beam 23 9.337
Floor Exercise 12 9.550
  • Competitor for CIS
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona Team 1 395.666
All-Around 7 39.537 5 79.122
Vault 3 9.912 5 19.824
Uneven Bars 13 19.774
Balance Beam 1 9.975 3 19.787
Floor Exercise 12 19.737
World Championships Paris Vault (Qualification) 6 9.862
Uneven Bars 9 8.775
Uneven Bars (Semi−Final) 3 9.862
Uneven Bars (Qualification) 6 9.875
Balance Beam 7 9.362
Balance Beam (Semi−Final) 1 9.937
Balance Beam (Qualification) 4 9.837
Floor Exercise 3 9.887
Floor Exercise (Semi−Final) 3 9.900
Floor Exercise (Qualification) 2 9.900
  • Competitor for Ukraine
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1992 European Championships Nantes All-Around 4 39.137
Vault 6 9.862 6 9.887
Uneven Bars 2 9.900 3 9.900
Balance Beam 37 9.400
Floor Exercise 5 9.875 1 9.950
  • Competitor for Soviet Union
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1991 World Championships Indianapolis Team 1 396.055
All-Around 13 39.161 5 79.211
Vault WD 3 19.775
Uneven Bars 8 8.200 2 19.887
Balance Beam 8 19.775
Floor Exercise 8 19.774
1990 World Cup Final Brussels All-Around 1 39.599
Vault 4 9.887 3 9.925
Uneven Bars 1 9.937 1 9.887
Balance Beam 4 9.887 2 9.887
Floor Exercise 3 9.887 2 9.900

See also


  1. ^ Wechsler, Bob (2008). Day By Day In Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. pp. 214–.  
  2. ^ Horvitz, P.S. (2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. Specialist Press International. p. 196.  
  3. ^ 5 U.S. athletes get in Jewish hall of fame LOS ANGELES, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Friday, December 7, 2001

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