Tatiana Gutsu

Total Medals:
Olympics:
Worlds:
Euros:
Appearances: undefinedundefined

The first indications of Tatiana Gutsu’s potential came in the late 1980s when she appeared in the annual Soviet-East German dual meet and Druzhba. The Soviets typically reserved these two assignments for only their most promising junior prospects. Gutsu benefited greatly from the lack of a major senior level competition in 1990. Instead she was able to join senior members of the Soviet team in a string of high profile competitions that had softer age restrictions.

Gutsu gained her first experience in high level competition at the 1991 World Championships where she was the second highest ranking Soviet in attendance. In early 1992 Gutsu was as inconsistent as one could possibly image. In her two biggest domestic competitions and her two biggest international competitions, Gutsu flipped between winning the All-Around and woefully underperforming four consecutive times.

At the 1992 Olympics the inconsistency continued where she was eliminated from the All-Around (AA) on country limits only to be reinserted into the AA thanks to a controversial coaching decision. Gutsu was given a second chance after coaches opted to remove a teammate who had qualified ahead of her, and Tatiana made the most of it by winning the AA. Gutsu would win four medals at the 1992 Olympics and retired shortly afterwards. But the decision by coaches to substitute her into the AA finals would go down as one of the most controversial moments in gymnastics history and perhaps unfairly, casts a shadow over Gutsu herself.

Results:

1984:
Sdushor Championships: No Listed Results*

1985:
Sdushor Championships: No Listed Results*
DDVO Championship: No Listed Results*

1986:
CA-VMD Junior Championship: 3rd-AA*

1987:
Sdushor Championships: 1st-AA*

1988:
SKA Championships: 1st-AA*
Junior Ukrainian Championships: 1st-AA*
undefined URS-GDR Dual Meet (Junior): 3rd-AA

1989:
undefined Druzhba: 4th-AA, DNQ-VT, DNQ-UB, DNQ-BB, DNQ-FX
undefined Junior USSR Championships: 2nd-AA*, 2nd-VT*, 1st-UB*, 1st-FX*

1990:
Blume Memorial: 3rd-AA
USSR vs The World (Dual meet): 8th-AA*
Moscow News/World Stars: 9th-AA, DNQ-VT, DNQ-UB, DNQ-BB, DNQ-FX
USSR Cup: 2nd-AA
World Sports Fair: 4th-AA
Goodwill Games: Alternate
URS-USA Dual Meet: 4th AA
USSR Championships: 4th AA
undefined Junior USSR Championships: 1st-AA*, 1st-VT*, 1st-UB*, 1st-BB*, 1st-FX*
undefined Junior European Championships: 1st-Team, 1st-AA*, 1st-VT*, 1st-UB*, 1st-BB*, 1st-FX*

1991:
Moscow News/World Stars: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 2nd-BB, 2nd-FX
Hungarian International: 2nd-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-BB
USSR Cup: 2nd-VT, 4th-BB, 2nd-FX
DTB Cup: 2nd-AA
Coca-Cola International: 1st-AA*
Rome Grand Prix: 3rd-AA
Grand Prix Finals (Torino): 2nd VT*, 1st-FX*
URS-ITA Dual Meet: 3rd AA
URS-ESP Dual Meet: 1st-AA*
USSR Championships/USSR Spartakiade: 1st-AA, 4th-VT, 3rd-UB, 4th-BB, 2nd-FX
This was a single competition with both the USSR Championships and USSR Spartakiade titles at stake.
World Championships: 1st-Team, 5th-AA, 2nd-UB, 2nd-BB

1992:
CIS Cup: 2nd-Team, 1st-AA
Moscow News/World Stars: 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 1st-UB, 3rd-BB, 1st-FX
World Championships: DNQ-VT, DNQ-UB, DNQ-BB, DNQ-FX
CIS Championships: 6th-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 1st-BB, 2nd-FX
European Championships: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 1st-UB, 2nd-BB, 3rd-FX
Imperial Casino: 2nd-VT*, 2nd BB*
DTB Cup: 5th-AA
Gander Memorial: 5th-AA
Olympics: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 2nd-UB, 3rd-FX

*The source for these results are Tatiana’s website

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