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.

World Championships & Olympic Competition:


Jr. URS-GDR Dual Meet: 2nd-Team, 9th-AA, 2nd-BB, 3rd-FX

Druzhba: 1st-Team, 4th-AA, 1st-BB

Hungarian International: 1st-AA, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB, 3rd-FX
International Junior Championships: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 3rd-BB, 1st-FX
Druzhba: 1st-Team, 11th-AA
Jr. URS-GDR Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 2nd-AA

Jr. European Championships: 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB
Druzhba: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 1st-UB, 2nd-VT, 2nd-BB
Riga International: 3rd-AA, 1st-VT, 4th-UB, 1st-BB

Druzhba: 2nd-Team, 2nd-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
Riga International: 1st-AA
URS-USA Dual Meet: 2nd-AA
USSR Cup: 6th-AA, 3rd-VT, 4th-UB, 6th-FX
World Championships: 2nd-Team, 3rd-BB

Chunichi Cup: 2nd-AA, 2nd-VT, 3rd-UB, 3rd-BB, 1st-FX
DTB Cup: 2nd-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 4th-BB, 2nd-FX
Moscow News: 2nd-AA, 2nd-UB, 2nd-BB
URS-USA Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 1st-AA
USSR Championships: 5th-AA
USSR Cup: 2nd-AA, 3rd-VT, 2nd-UB, 4th-BB
Olympic Games: 1st-Team, 3rd-AA, 1st-VT, 2nd-FX

European Championships: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 4th-UB, 4th-BB, 1st-FX
Moscow News: 1st AA, 3rd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
USSR Championships: 9th-AA
World Championships: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 8th-UB, 1st-FX
World Sports Fair: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-BB

Blume Memorial: 1st-AA
Chunichi Cup: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
Tokyo Cup: 1st-VT, 1st-FX
DTB Cup: 8th-AA, 2nd-VT, 3rd-UB, 4th-BB
European Championships: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 1st-BB, 1st-FX
French International: 1st-AA, 1st-VT
Goodwill Games: 1st-Team, 2nd-AA, 3rd-BB, 1st-FX
URS-USA Dual Meet: In attendance, but did not compete.
World Cup: 2nd-AA, 3rd-VT, 4th-UB, 4th-BB, 1st-FX

Blume Memorial: 1st-AA, 1st-VT
USSR Championships: 5th-AA
World Championships: 1st-Team, 2nd-AA, 5th-VT, 1st-BB, 7th-FX

CIS Championships: 8th-AA, 4th-BB
DTB Cup: 1st-AA, 1st-UB, 2nd-BB, 4th-FX
European Championships: 5th-AA, 8th-VT, 4th-UB, 1st-BB
Gander Memorial: 1st-AA
Olympic Games: 1st-Team, 5th-AA, 4th-VT, 5th-BB
Swiss Cup: 1st-Team
World Championships: 2nd-VT, 6th-BB

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No Results.

BLR-USA-CHN Tri-Meet: 2nd-Team, 4th-AA
Pre-Olympics: 18th-AA (competed in only 2 events)
World Championships: 8th-Team, 16th-AA

American Cup: 2nd-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 1st-BB
3-on-3 International Championships: 1st-Team
European Championships: 4th-Team, 2nd-AA, 6th-VT, 6th-UB, 4th-BB, 6th-FX
Olympic Games: 6th-Team, 14th-AA, 5th-VT

Articles Featuring Svetlana Boginskaya:
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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 undefined symbols can be found here.

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