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Natalia Kalinina was coached by Oleg Ostapenko at Dynamo Kherson alongside Elena Abrashitova and Tatiana Lysenko. The three gymnasts were something of a trio having the same club, same coach, and were all born within 18 months of each other making them roughly the same age.
Kalinina is best known for her breakout success in 1990. She won the AA at the Goodwill Games and finished 2nd in the AA at both the American Cup and the European Championships. Unfortunately for Kalinina, 1990 was one of the last times the World Championships weren’t contested in a non-Olympic year. In the best year of her career, Kalinina did not have the opportunity to win medals in Group-1 competition (Worlds/Olympics).
Natalia remained a member of the Soviet and later the Ukrainian national teams until the mid-1990s. But she never matched the success of her famed 1990 run and was not named to the 1992 Olympic team. Kalinina competed for Ukraine all the way until 1995 and appeared under the Ukrainian flag at the 1994 European Championships. Today she resides in California.
World Championships & Olympic Competition:
Druzhba: 1st-Team, 5th-AA
URS-GDR Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
Chunichi Cup: 2nd-AA
DTB Cup: 9th-AA, 5th-VT, 2nd-UB
Tokyo Cup: 1st-BB
USSR Championships: 7th-AA
USSR Cup: 3rd-AA, 2nd-UB
American Cup: 2nd-AA 1st-VT, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
International Mixed Pairs: 14th-Team
European Championships: 2nd-AA, 4th-VT, 1st-UB, 2nd-BB
Goodwill Games: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
USSR Championships: 2nd-AA
USSR Cup 5th-AA, 3rd-UB, 3rd-BB, 3rd-FX
Moscow News: 1st-VT
Blume Memorial: 6th-AA
Moscow News/World Stars: 2nd-AA, 1st-BB
USSR Championships: 3rd-AA 7th-VT, 1st-UB, 4th-FX
URS-ITA Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 6th-AA
World Championships: 1st-Team
CIS Championships: 5th-AA
Moscow News/World Stars: 3rd-AA
Chunichi Cup: 4th-AA
Tokyo Cup: 6th-UB, 7th-FX
University Games: 1st-Team, 6th-AA 1st-VT, 1st-BB
European Championships: 8th-AA
Ukrainian Championships: 1st-AA
University Games: 4th-AA, 3rd-FX
Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these symbols can be found here.