Svetlana Boginskaya

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Svetlana Boginskaya is one of the more memorable gymnasts to come out of Eastern Europe in the final days of the Cold War. Boginskaya has the distinction of being a 3x Olympian, but competed under three different flags. At the 1988 Olympics she represented the Soviet Union. At the 1992 Olympics she competed under an Olympic flag due to the breakup of the Soviet Union and returned for the 1996 Olympics competing for Belarus.

Boginskaya had one of the most impressive junior careers in all of WAG history. She first gained recognition as a 10 year old and went on to win each of the three biggest junior competitions of the era (International Junior Championships, Druzhba, and Junior European Championships). Her breakout success came in the late 1980s when she won four Olympic medals and the 1989 All-Around title. Boginskaya went to the Olympics under three different flags, but also had three different personal coaches in those Olympic quads. Boginskaya’s career was dominated by political upheaval and coaching instability, but she never allowed that to impact her athletic performance.

This bio page is still a work in progress. A list of her full results will eventually be added here.


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