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If you were to list the most overlooked gymnasts in WAG history, Olga Bicherova would certainly be at the top of the list. Bicherova’s resume speaks for itself. She is one of just three gymnasts to have won the AA titles at the European Championships, World Championships, and the World Cup. In the four major WAG competitions of the era, Bicherova won more individual medals (9) than both Olga Mostepanova (3) and Natalia Yurchenko (5) won combined.
Yet it is Mostepanova and Yurchenko who are the most widely known Soviet gymnasts of the era while Bicherova is the least talked about AA Champion from 1956 to present day. She became lost in the shuffle between two Olympic boycotts and didn’t have an iconic vault (Yurchenko) or a Perfect-40 (Mostepanova) to make her name stand the test of time.
Bicherova made her debut at the 1981 World Championships where she is widely alleged to have been underage and just 13 years old. It was at this competition that she became an AA Champion. Bicherova performed well for the next two years but by mid 1983 an alarming trend had appeared. Bicherova was missing a significant amount of competitions due to injury. Bicherova reappeared just in time for the 1983 World Championships, but missed the 1984 Alternate Olympics. Most likely due to injury. Bicherova would never regain top form, but she continued to appear in major televised competitions until 1988.
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This bio page is still a work in progress. A list of her full results will eventually be added here.
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