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Liliya Podkopaieva

Full name: Liliya Oleksandrivna Podkopaieva (-Nahorniy)
Original name: Лілія Олександрівна Подкопаєва (-Нагорний)
Gender: Female
Height: 4-10.5 (149 cm)
Weight: 93 lbs (42 kg)
Born: August 15, 1978 in Donetsk, Donetsk, Ukraine
Affiliations: Dynamo Donetsk, Donetsk (UKR)
Country: UKR Ukraine
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Liliya Podkopaieva took up gymnastics at the age of five and trained under four times Olympic champion Lyudmila Turishcheva. Podkopaieva made her international début in 1993 and won her first major international tournament medal, a World Championships silver on balance beam, in 1994. At the 1994 European Championships, Podkopaieva won her first major title, a gold on floor exercise, to which she added silver in balance beam and bronzes in vault and team event. She won golds in all-around and vault and silvers in uneven bars and balance beam at the 1995 World Championships and went on to the 1996 season as one of the clear favorites at the Olympics. But her Olympic hopes were nearly trashed by a serious injury sustained when she fell from the beam in practice in early 1996. But Podkopaieva recovered well, and at the European Championships won gold in all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise and bronzes in vault and team event, and at the Olympic Games won the all-around and floor exercise titles and silver on balance beam.

Originally Podkopaieva did not intend to retire after the 1996 Olympics, but injuries prevented her from competing for two seasons after the Olympics and forced her retirement in 1998. But she did not leave gymnastics, as since 2002 she has organized a Golden Lily tournament in Kyiv. She was certified as an international brevet judge in 2004, and also coaches extensively in America and Ukraine. She has also hosted a gymnastics TV-show "Aerobics for Champions." Podkopaieva is the Ukrainian United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Ukraine's Ambassador of Sport to the Council of Europe. In 2006, she won the Ukrainian version of Dancing with the Stars, and represented Ukraine at the 2008 Eurovision Dance Contest.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Ukraine UKR 1 Gold
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Ukraine UKR 5
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Ukraine UKR 1 Gold
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Ukraine UKR 19 QR
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Ukraine UKR 5T
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Ukraine UKR 2 Silver

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Standings 1 39.255
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final 1 39.255
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Floor Exercise 1 9.887
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Horse Vault 3 9.781
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Uneven Bars 2T 9.800
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Balance Beam 7T 9.787
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Qualifying 1 QU 78.061 39.149 38.912
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Qualifying Floor Exercise 2 QU 19.612 9.850 9.762
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Qualifying Horse Vault 19 19.287 9.762 9.525
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Qualifying Uneven Bars 2T QU 19.662 9.837 9.825
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Qualifying Balance Beam 3T QU 19.500 9.700 9.800

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine UKR Final Standings 5

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Standings 1 9.887
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final 1 9.887

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Standings 19 QR

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Standings 5T 9.787
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final 5T 9.787

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final Standings 2 9.825
1996 Summer 17 Atlanta Gymnastics Ukraine Final 2 9.825
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