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Zinaida Voronina

Full name: Zinaida Borisovna Voronina (Druzhinina-)
Original name: Зинаида Борисовна Воронина (Дружинина-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (164 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: December 10, 1947 in Yoshkar-Ola, Respublika Mary El, Russia
Died: March 17, 2001 in Balashikha, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Dynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Gymnastics

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Mikhail Voronin.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Zinaida Voronina's (then Druzhinina) international début came at the 1966 World Championships, where she won silver in the team event and bronze on the floor. At the 1967 European Championships, Voronina won the individual all-around silver and bronzes on balance beam and floor exercise. The 1968 Olympics were probably her best tournament, as she won gold in team event, silver in individual all-around and bronzes on balance beam and floor exercise. Shortly before the Olympics, Voronina had married a fellow gymnast, World and European champion and future double Olympic champion Mikhail Voronin. They had a son Dmitry, who later also became an international level gymnast. After his birth Voronina made a comeback at the 1970 World Championships, where she won the team title and three bronzes (individual all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise). Voronina also won two Soviet titles, both in 1968 in vault and in floor exercise. Voronina retired from the gymnastics after she was not selected to the Soviet 1972 Olympic team and started to work as a gymnastics coach with her husband. But Voronina was not happy with her personal and professional life, so she started drinking. The Voronin's divorced in 1980, and Mikhail received custody of their child. Voronina moved to Balashikha, near Moscow and worked there in a mechanical foundry factory for the next 20 years. Her alcoholism deepened and she died in March 2001 due to alcohol-related illness at only 53-years-old.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Soviet Union URS 4
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Soviet Union URS 15 QR

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 2 76.85 38.35 38.50

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1968 Summer 20 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 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 4 19.550
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 4 19.550 9.700 9.85
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 4 QU 19.40 9.65 9.75

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 19.500
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 3 19.500 9.700 9.80
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 5 QU 19.40 9.75 9.65

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 19.425
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final 3 19.425 9.625 9.80
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 4 QU 19.25 9.55 9.70

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Final Standings 15 QR
1968 Summer 20 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Soviet Union Qualifying 15 18.80 9.40 9.40
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