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Towards the later half of the 1973-1976 Olympic quad Lidia Gorbik had established herself as a strong contributing member of the Soviet team. After serving as an alternate at the 1974 World Championships, Gorbik participated at the 1975 World Cup. With six Soviets in attendance, it was a de-facto World Championships/Olympics Soviet lineup. Gorbik seemed poised to earn an Olympic assignment for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. But in a last second decision, the Soviets replaced her with Maria Filatova.
Neither the heartbreaking decision nor the growing trend of coaches casting aside veteran gymnasts in favor of younger ones could deter Gorbik. She continued to press on and competed in 1977 before finally retiring. Lidia never competed in a World Championships or an Olympic Games making her an example of the incredible talent the Soviets had to leave at home. Today Lidia Gorbik lives in the United States where alongside her husband Alexander Tkachev, they run a gym in Florida.
Riga International: 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-FX
Expo 74: Display Meet (No Scores Kept)
Spartakiade of the Belarussian SSR: 1st-AA
USSR Championships: 15th-AA, DNQ-VT, DNQ-UB, DNQ-BB, DNQ-FX
Junior USSR Championships: 1st-BB
World Championships: Alternate
Moscow News: 2nd-AA, 2nd-VT (T), 1st-UB (T), 3rd-BB, 1st-FX (T)
USSR Championships/USSR Spartakiade: 4th-AA, 4th-VT, 5th-UB, 6th-BB, 3rd-FX, 1st-Team
This was a single competition with both the USSR Championships and USSR Spartakiade titles at stake.
Druzhba: 1st-AA, 6th-VT (T), 1st-UB, 3rd-BB, 1st-Team
World Cup: 5th-AA, 5th-VT, 2nd-UB
1976 Champions All: 2nd-AA (T)
1976 Antibes International: 2nd-AA
1976 Belarussian Cup: 2nd-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
1976 USSR Cup: 6th-AA (T), 3rd-UB, 5th-BB, 1st-FX
1976 USSR Championships 12th-AA, 5th-VT, 6th-Team
1976 Olympics: Alternate
Antibes International: 2nd-AA (T)