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Elena Shushunova (USSR)

1985 World and European AA Champion
1986 World Cup AA Champion
1988 Olympic AA Champion

Medal Total

Olympic Games:  2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
World Championships:  5 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze
World Cup:  4 Gold, 1 Bronze
European Championships:  5 Gold, 2 Bronze

Elena was born on May 23, 1969 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).  Her coach was Viktor Gavrichenkov; she trained at the Central Army Club.  Elena's idol was Natalia Kuchinskaya (winner of 3 gold medals at the 1966 World Championships and the 1968 Olympic beam champion).  

Married to an auto mechanic, Elena still lives in St. Petersburg and has one son.  In 2004 she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.


Competition Results

1980
Jr. USSR Championships (Candidate for Master of Sport):  3rd AA, 2nd V, 3rd UB
Jr. USSR Cup:  (Candidate for Master of Sport):  6th AA

1981
Kosice International:  6th AA, 1st UB
Riga International:  4th AA, 1st FX
 
1982
Jr. European Championships:  15th AA, 1st FX
Moscow News:  2nd AA, 1st FX
 
1983
Chunichi Cup:  2nd AA
East Bloc Spartakiade:  3rd AA
Tokyo Cup:  1st B, 2nd FX
USSR Championships:  3rd AA, 1st FX, 2nd UB, 4th B
USSR Cup:  1st AA
USSR Spartakiade:  3rd AA, 2nd UB
 
1984
Chunichi Cup:  2nd AA, 1st V, 1st B, 1st FX
CSSR Spartakiade (Olomouc):  1st Team, 3rd AA, 8th FX
Moscow News:  2nd AA, 2nd UB, 2nd B
Tokyo Cup:  1st V, 1st FX
USSR Jr. Championships:  1st V, 1st FX, 3rd UB
USSR Championships:  6th V
USSR Cup:  3rd AA
 
1985
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX, 3rd B
Moscow News:  1st AA, 1st V, 2nd UB, 2nd B
USSR Championships:  2nd AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX
USSR Cup: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX
World Championships (Montreal):  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 2nd FX, 3rd B
 
1986
Goodwill Games:  1st Team, 2nd AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX, 2nd B
USSR Cup:  1st AA
World Cup:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX, 3rd B
 
1987
European Championships:  3rd AA, 1st V, 4th B
University Games:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX
USSR Championships:  1st AA, 1st UB, 2nd V, 2nd FX, 3rd B
USSR Cup:  1st AA, 1st UB, 2nd V, 2nd FX, 3rd B
World Championships:  2nd Team, 2nd AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 2nd B, 3rd UB
 
1988
French International:  1st AA
Moscow News:  1st AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 6th FX
Olympic Games:  1st Team, 1st AA, 2nd B, 3rd UB, 7th FX, 8th V
USSR Championships:  2nd AA, 1st UB, 1st B, 2nd V
USSR Cup:  1st AA
 
1991
World Professional Championships:  1st FX, 3rd V, 3rd UB

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