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Ludmilla Tourischeva

Ludmilla Tourischeva
1972 Summer Olympics. All-around medalists. Tourischeva is in the centre.
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NameLudmilla Tourischeva
Full nameLudmilla Ivanovna Tourischeva
Country represented 
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics

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Ludmilla Ivanovna Tourischeva (Russian: Людми́ла Ива́новна Тури́щева alternate spellings: Ludmilla Turischeva; Ludmilla Tourischcheva; Ljudmila Ivanovna Turichtchieva;, born October 7, 1952 in Grozny) is a former Russian gymnast and a nine-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union.

Tourischeva began gymnastics in 1965 and began competing for the Soviet team as early as in 1967. Coached by Vladislav Rastorotsky (who later trained Natalia Shaposhnikova and Natalia Yurchenko), she represented the USSR at the 1968 Summer Olympics just after her sixteenth birthday, sharing the gold medal with the USSR team and placing 24th in the all-around.

Two years later Tourischeva would become the leader of the Soviet team. From 1970 to 1974 she dominated almost every major international competition, winning the World Championships all-around gold in 1970 and 1974, the European Championships in 1971 and 1973 and the World Cup in 1975. She was considered to embody the classic Soviet style: grace, elegance, impeccable form and strong technique.

At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Tourischeva was a medal favorite, but found herself overshadowed by the sudden popularity of her telegenic compatriot Olga Korbut. After Korbut faltered on the uneven bars, however, Tourischeva won the all-around gold medal. She was less successful in the event finals, qualifying for all four, but winning only a silver and a bronze. Tourischeva was one of the first female gymnasts to use two separate pieces of music for her floor exercise routines at an international competition. For the team competition there was March from movie Circus by Isaak Dunaevsky, while for the all around - the music to the film Die Frau meiner Träume by Franz Grothe.

At the 1975 European Championships, Tourischeva lost the all-around competition, placing third to thirteen-year old Nadia Comăneci, who also won the vault, bars, and beam apparatus finals. Tourischeva's teammate, Nellie Kim, placed second and won the floor exercise competition. Nevertheless, Tourischeva rebounded later that year to sweep the World Cup.

After struggling with a back injury, Tourischeva competed in her third Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976, winning her third team gold with the Soviet squad. In the all-around she finished third behind Romania's Comăneci and her teammate Kim. Although Tourischeva lost to Kim on both vault and floor exercise in the event finals, she overcame Comăneci on them and won silver medals, bringing her total Olympic medal count to four gold, three silver and two bronze.In 1980, British journalist David Hunn wrote of Tourischeva, "(she) never had the cheek of some of her rivals, but for serenity she was supreme." This was famously illustrated during the 1975 World Cup at Wembley Stadium in London, when a broken hook holding support cables of the uneven bars caused the apparatus to fall apart and crashed to the ground, just as Tourischeva landed her dismount. Saluting the judges, she calmly walked off the podium without even turning around to look at the remains of the apparatus. She went on to win the all-around and every single event final gold. Years later, she said of the incident that at that moment she remembered only one thing - she must complete her routine and "stick it". Her trainer Vladislav Rastorotsky said about her: "Ljudmila would fight to death in any situation".

Tourischeva was also known for her gracious demeanor. At the 1976 Olympics, she walked around the podium to personally congratulate champion Nadia Comăneci and shake her hand before accepting her own medal.

In 1977, she married the sprinter Valeriy Borzov, a two-time Olympic champion in 1972. She was elected to the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) in 1981 Tourischeva has remained involved in gymnastics as a coach, an international judge and an official with the Ukrainian gymnastics federation. One of her proteges was Lilia Podkopayeva, the 1996 Olympic all-around gold medalist.

Tourischeva has received many honors for her contributions to gymnastics, including the Women In Sport trophy by the International Olympic Committee. In 1998 she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Ludmilla Tourischeva is 1 of only 2 women (Yelena Shushunova being the other) who have won the grand slam of All-Around titles: Olympics, World Championships, World Cup, European Championships.

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Ludmilla Tourischeva USSR 1975 World Cup - uneven bars The great Tourischeva. She dismounts and the bars collapse!
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Nadia Comaneci reflects on the day she won the Olympic gold medal in the all around competition at the 1976 Olympic Games.
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Ludmilla Tourischeva USSR 1972 Olympics, all-around - floor exercise 9.9 (77.025 1st place) The wonderful Ludmilla Turischeva on the floor. She secured the a...
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Ludmilla Tourischeva's 1976 bars routine.
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Medal Record
Gold1968 Mexico CityTeam competition
Gold1972 MunichTeam competition
Gold1972 MunichAll-around
Gold1976 MontrealTeam competition
Silver1972 MunichFloor exercise
Silver1976 MontrealVault
Silver1976 MontrealFloor exercise
Bronze1972 MunichVault
Bronze1976 MontrealIndividual all-round
Gold1970 LjubljanaAll-around
Gold1970 LjubljanaTeam competition
Gold1970 LjubljanaFloor exercise
Gold1974 VarnaAll-around
Gold1974 VarnaTeam competition
Gold1974 VarnaFloor exercise
Gold1974 VarnaBalance beam
Silver1970 LjubljanaUneven bars
Silver1974 VarnaVault
Bronze1970 LjubljanaVault
Bronze1974 VarnaUneven bars
Gold1971 MinskAll-around
Gold1971 MinskVault
Gold1971 MinskFloor exercise
Gold1973 LondonAll-around
Gold1973 LondonVault
Gold1973 LondonUneven bars
Gold1973 LondonBalance beam
Gold1973 LondonFloor exercise
Silver1971 MinskUneven bars
Silver1971 MinskBalance beam
Bronze1969 LandskronaAll-around
Bronze1969 LandskronaUneven bars
Bronze1969 LandskronaFloor exercise
Bronze1975 SkienFloor exercise

Year Event AA Team VT UB BB FX
1967 USSR Cup 1st
1968 USSR Cup 3rd
1969 European Championships 3rd 3rd 3rd
USSR Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd
USSR Cup 1st
1970 World Championships 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 1st
USSR Championships 1st 1st
USSR Cup 3rd
1971 European Championships 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
USSR Championships 2nd 3rd 2nd
USSR Cup 1st
1972 USSR Championships 1st 1st 1st
USSR Cup 2nd
1973 European Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
USSR Championships 1st 1st
USSR Cup 1st
1974 World Championships 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st
USSR Championships 1st
USSR Cup 1st
1975 World Cup 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
European Championships 3rd
USSR Championships 3rd 1st
1976 USSR Cup 2nd

Olympic Champions in Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Competition

1928 NL
1936 DE
1948 TCH
1952 URS
1956 URS
1960 URS
1964 URS
1968 URS
1972 URS
1976 URS
1980 URS
1984 RO
1988 URS
1992 EUN
1996 US
2000 RO
2004 RO
2008 CN

Olympic Champions in Artistic Gymnastics - Women's All-Around

1952: Maria Gorokhovskaya * * 1956: Larissa Latynina * * 1960: Larissa Latynina * * 1964: Věra Čáslavská * * 1968: Věra Čáslavská * * 1972: Ludmilla Tourischeva * * 1976: Nadia Comăneci * * 1980: Yelena Davydova * * 1984: Mary Lou Retton * * 1988: Yelena Shushunova * * 1992: Tatiana Gutsu * * 1996: Lilia Podkopayeva * * 2000: Simona Amânar * * 2004: Carly Patterson * * 2008: Nastia Liukin * *

World Champions in Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team Competition

1934: Czechoslovakia * 1938: Czechoslovakia * 1950: SE * 1954: USSR * 1958: USSR * 1962: USSR * 1966: Czechoslovakia * 1970: USSR * 1974: USSR * 1978: USSR * 1979: RO * 1981: USSR * 1983: USSR * 1985: USSR * 1987: RO * 1989: USSR * 1991: USSR * 1994: RO * 1995: RO * 1997: RO * 1999: RO * 2001: RO * 2003: US * 2006: China * 2007: US

World Champions in Artistic Gymnastics Women's All-Around

1934: Vlasta Děkanová * * 1938: Vlasta Děkanová * * 1950: Helena Rakoczy * * 1954: Galina Rud'ko * * 1958: Larissa Latynina * * 1962: Larissa Latynina * * 1966: Věra Čáslavská * * 1970: Ludmilla Tourischeva * * 1974: Ludmilla Tourischeva * * 1978: Elena Mukhina * * 1979: Nellie Kim * * 1981: Olga Bicherova * * 1983: Natalia Yurchenko * * 1985: Yelena Shushunova / Oksana Omelianchik * * 1987: Aurelia Dobre * * 1989: Svetlana Boginskaya * * 1991: Kim Zmeskal * * 1993: Shannon Miller * * 1994: Shannon Miller * * 1995: Lilia Podkopayeva * * 1997: Svetlana Khorkina * * 1999: Maria Olaru * * 2001: Svetlana Khorkina * * 2003: Svetlana Khorkina * * 2005: Chellsie Memmel * * 2006: Vanessa Ferrari * * 2007: Shawn Johnson * * 2009: Bridget Sloan

World Champions in Artistic Gymnastics Women s Balance Beam

1934: not awarded * * 1938: Vlasta Děkanová * * 1950: Helena Rakoczy * * 1954: Keiko Tanaka * * 1958: Larissa Latynina * * 1962: Eva Bosáková * * 1966: Natalia Kuchinskaya * * 1970: Erika Zuchold * * 1974: Ludmilla Tourischeva * * 1978: Nadia Comăneci * * 1979: Vera Cerna * * 1981: Maxi Gnauck * * 1983: Olga Mostepanova * * 1985: Daniela Silivaş * * 1987: Aurelia Dobre * * 1989: Daniela Silivaş * * 1991: Svetlana Boginskaya * * 1992: Kim Zmeskal * * 1993: Lavinia Miloşovici * * 1994: Shannon Miller * * 1995: Mo Huilan * * 1996: Dina Kochetkova * * 1997: Gina Gogean * * 1999: Ling Jie * * 2001: Andreea Răducan * * 2002: Ashley Postell * * 2003: Fan Ye * * 2005: Nastia Liukin * * 2006: Iryna Krasnianska * * 2007: Nastia Liukin * * 2009: Deng Linlin

World Champions in Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise

1934: not awarded * * 1938: Matylda Pálfyová * * 1950: Helena Rakoczy * * 1954: Tamara Manina * * 1958: Eva Bosáková * * 1962: Larissa Latynina * * 1966: Natalia Kuchinskaya * * 1970: Ludmilla Tourischeva * * 1974: Ludmilla Tourischeva * * 1978: Nellie Kim * * 1979: Emilia Eberle * * 1981: Natalia Ilienko * * 1983: Ecaterina Szabo * * 1985: Oksana Omelianchik * * 1987: Yelena Shushunova / Daniela Silivaş * * 1989: Svetlana Boginskaya / Daniela Silivaş * * 1991: Cristina Bontaş / Oksana Chusovitina * * 1992: Kim Zmeskal * * 1993: Shannon Miller * * 1994: Dina Kochetkova * * 1995: Gina Gogean * * 1996: Gina Gogean / Kui Yuanyuan * * 1997: Gina Gogean * * 1999: Andreea Răducan * * 2001: Andreea Răducan * * 2002: Elena Gómez * * 2003: Daiane dos Santos * * 2005: Alicia Sacramone * * 2006: Cheng Fei * * 2007: Shawn Johnson * * 2009: Beth Tweddle



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