Yulia Kut

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Yulia Kut is on the long list of legendary Soviet gymnasts who had undeniable athletic talent, but never appeared in a major competition because the program had so much depth. Yulia was the alternate at the 1989 World Championships, the 1989 European Championships, and the 1990 European Championships. Even though she was the alternate on three different occasions, Yulia Kut never appeared in a Group-1 or even a Group-2 competition.

Yulia can fairly be described as the most talented gymnast to have never appeared in a World Cup, Olympics, European Championships, or World Championships in all of WAG history. Like so many of her teammates who were also casualties of Soviet depth, Yulia had to settle for competitions such as a dual meet against the United States and the World Sports Fair as her most noteworthy appearances. These were still highly prestigious assignments, but weren’t the same as appearing in one of the four major gymnastics competitions of the Cold War era. But a lack of appearances in major competition didn’t stop Yulia Kut from becoming a legend.

Yulia famously performed a Hindorff over the LOW bar during a warmup session in 1987. For over a decade it belonged in the category of gymnastics folklore that was discussed on forums. Thanks to the advancement of YouTube, gymnastics fans were able to see it for themselves and confirm that the story is true. Other legendary Yulia moments include her being the first WAG to compete a full in punch front on floor and a double front half dismount on bars. After her athletic career ended, Yulia eventually became a gymnastics coach in Spain.


Druzhba: 1st-Team, 2nd-AA, 1st-UB, 1st-FX
Jr. URS-GDR Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 6th-AA

Chunichi Cup: 2nd-AA, 3rd-VT, 3rd-UB, 3rd-BB, 3rd-FX
Druzhba: 2nd-Team, 5th-AA, 3rd-UB, 4th-BB, 3rd-FX
Riga International: 5th-AA
URS-USA: Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 5th-AA

Chunichi Cup: 4th-AA, 2nd-UB, 2nd-BB
Tokyo Cup: 2nd-UB
URS-FRG Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 1st-AA
Jr. European Championships: 6th-AA, 4th-UB, 2nd-FX
Jr. URS-GDR Dual Meet: 1st-Team, 1st-AA, 1st-UB, 2nd-BB

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

Dutch Open: 1st-AA, 1st-UB, 1st-FX
US Olympic Cup: 4th-AA
USSR Championships: 13th-AA, 7th-UB 2nd-BB, 6th-FX
USSR Cup: 5th-AA, 1st-UB, 2nd-BB, 1st-FX

URS-BEL-FRA-ROM Quad Meet: 7th-AA


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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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