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Olga Karasyova

Full name: Olga Dmitryievna Karasyova (Kharlova-)
Original name: Ольга Дмитриевна Карасёва (Харлова-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (164 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: July 24, 1949 in Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Affiliations: CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics

Related Olympians: Wife of Valery Karasyov.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

The 1968 Olympics saw a close battle developing in the women's team all-around gymnastics competition. Lead by the popular Věra Čáslavská, Czechoslovakia came close to beating the Soviet Union, but ended up 0.65 points short. A quarter of a century later, Karasyova revealed that the USSR had used dubious methods to win the gold medal. Their coaches and doctors had discovered that during pregnancy, more red blood cells are being produced, which leads to an increas in lung capacity and muscle power. In addition, the progesteron hormone is produced, which makes the muscles and joints more supple. As Karasyova told German television in 1994, she and her team mates were forced to become pregnant shortly before the Olympics. Girls that did not have a boyfriend or husband were forced to have sex with their coach. Refusal led to being thrown off the team. After ten weeks, the girls had an abortion. While rumours of such practices with Soviet, Scandinavian and East-German girls had been around since the 1950s, no proof was ever given until Karasyova's disclosure.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Soviet Union URS 7T
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Soviet Union URS 5T
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Soviet Union URS 10T QR
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Soviet Union URS 7T QR
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Soviet Union URS 18T QR

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 7T 76.00 37.85 38.15

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 5T 19.325
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 5T 19.325 9.575 9.75
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 5T QU 19.15 9.50 9.65

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 10T QR
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 10T 19.15 9.65 9.50

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 7T QR
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 7T 19.00 9.40 9.60

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 18T QR
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 18T 18.70 9.30 9.40
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