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Ludmilla Turischeva (USSR)

1972 Olympic AA Champion
1970 and 1974 World AA Champion
1971 and 1973 European AA Champion

Medal Total

Olympic Games:   4 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze
World Championships:
  7 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
European Championships:  8 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze
World Cup:  5 Gold

"The main thing for a gymnast is total concentration while competing.  At such moments one has to put everything else behind.  I know that other gymnasts can do so with a smile but I can't.  And I don't even try to."


Turischeva was born on October 7, 1952, in Grozny, USSR.  Ludmila began gymnastics in 1962 under coach Kim Efimovich Wasserman. Two years later, Wasserman turned her over to Vladislav Rastorotsk, who coached her for the duration of her career.  Although her teammate Olga Korbut was more popular with the public, Turischeva was the top gymnast in the early 1970s.  For her many sports successes, she was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and the Order of Lenin. After retiring after the 1976 Olympics, she married champion Olympic sprinter Valery Borzov.  Their daughter Tatiana was born in 1978.  A graduate of the Rostov Pedagogical Institute (1974) and the Lesgaft State Institute of Physical Culture (1986), Turischeva is head of the Dynamo gymnastics club in Kiev.


Competition Results

1966
RSFSR-GDR Dual Meet:  2nd Team, 2nd AA

1967

USSR Cup:  1st AA
USSR Spartakiade:  5th AA

1968
Jr. Friendship Tournament (Druzhba):  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 3rd B, 4th V
Olympics:  1st Team, 24th AA

1969
European Championships:  3rd AA, 3rd UB, 3rd FX, 4th V, 4th B
RSFSR Championships:  1st AA, 1st B, 1st FX

USSR Championships:  3rd AA

1970
Dinamo Championships:  1st AA, 1st B, 1st FX, 2nd V, 2nd UB
USSR Championships:  4th AA, 1st UB, 1st FX, 5th V
USSR Cup:  3rd AA
World Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st FX, 2nd UB, 3rd V

1971
Chunichi Cup:  2nd AA
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 2nd UB, 2nd B
RSFSR Championships:  1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX



USSR Spartakiade:  4th AA

1972
Chunichi Cup:  3rd AA
Olympics:  1st Team, 1st AA, 2nd FX, 3rd V, 4th UB, 5th B
USSR Championships:  1st AA
USSR Cup:  2nd AA, 1st V, 1st UB
USSR-FRG-CAN:  1st Team, 3rd AA
USSR-HUN:  1st Team, 1st AA

1973
European Championships:  1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX

1974
USSR Championships:  1st AA
World Championships:  1st Team, 1st AA, 1st B, 1st FX, 2nd V, 3rd UB

1975
Chunichi Cup:  2nd AA
European Championships:  4th AA, 3rd FX, 5th V
USSR Spartakiade:  3rd AA
World Cup: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st B, 1st FX

1976
Olympics:  1st Team, 3rd AA, 2nd V, 2nd FX, 4th B
USSR Cup:  2nd AA


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