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Dubbed “Tiny Tatiana” by newspapers, Tatiana Kim generated massive hype during her junior career. Tatiana was of Asian descent but trained in Moldova alongside Regina Starodub. Tatiana’s appearances at the 1981 Champions All and the 1982 USA-USSR Dual Meet are a testament to just how highly the Soviets valued her athletic skill set as they were prestigious assignments. Unfortunately, she became one of the more infamous Cold War era examples of a national program mismanaging a star junior prospect. Tatiana Kim is a virtual unknown to most, but amongst those who were participants of the era, Tatiana Kim continues to be held in high regard.
Druzhba: 11th-AA, 6th-BB, 1st-Team
Junior USSR Championships: 2nd-AA, 1st-VT, 2nd-UB (Level II)
Junior USSR Cup: 1st-AA (Level II)
Moscow News: 4th-AA (T), (Competed as Exhibition)
International Junior Championships (Tokyo): 6th-AA, 2nd-UB
International Junior Championships (Sapporo): 1st-BB
Champions All: 3rd-AA
Moscow News: 14th-AA (Competed as Exhibition)
Riga International: 7th-AA (Competed as Exhibition)
URS-USA Dual Meet: 4th-AA (T)
Druzhba: 3rd-AA, 2nd-UB, 5th-BB (T), 2nd-FX (T)
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.