Viktoria Karpenko
Karpenko at the 2000 Olympic Games

Countr(ies) represented

Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria


March 15 1981 (1981-03-15) (age 39)
Kherson, Ukrainian SSR, USSR


Oleg Ostapenko

Current status


Viktoria Karpenko (Виктория Карпенко, born on March 15, 1981 in Kherson, Ukrainian SSR), is a World Championships silver medalist and 2000 Olympian in artistic gymnastics. She began gymnastics at the age of four and went on to become the Ukrainian National Champion in 1996.

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Competitive History

Karpenko made her world debut at the 1995 World Championships in Sabae, Japan with strong performances, however was overshadowed by veteran gymnasts and did not medal. Shortly after, she injured her hamstring and was unable to compete in the 1996 Olympic Games. The following year, she broke a finger during training and was forced to watch the 1997 World Championships from the stands.

In March of 1998 she surprised coaches by winning the American Cup against U.S. hopefuls Vanessa Atler and Kristen Maloney. In April she placed second in the Uneven Bars final behind five-time World Uneven Bars Champion Svetlana Khorkina at the European Championships. At the 1999 World Championships, a healthy Karpenko performed with ease and placed second in the All Around competition.

Things were looking great for Karpenko in early 2000, as she won preliminaries at the prestigious European Championships in Paris. Ending up third in the All-Around, she also grabbed a silver on the uneven bars, and tied for another second place finish on floor exercise in event finals. Despite these accomplishments, Karpenko is notoriously known for her performance at the 2000 Olympic Games the following year. A favorite for the All Around title, Karpenko was in first place going into the final rotation. As she finished her first pass on floor, she stubbed her toe, tripped, and fell out of bounds. She subsequently received a score of 8.725 and dropped 12th place.

Karpenko moved to Bulgaria in June 2002, and began two short lived comebacks in both 2003 and 2006-2007, competing for Bulgaria. Marred by injury, she's never quite retained her form, or individual results. Her last major international competition was the 2007 European Championships, where she placed 18th in the all-around.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1995Sabae World Championships5
1996Ukrainian Nationals1st
Massilia Gym Cup3rd
1997Chunichi Cup1st
Arthur Gander Memorial4
Hungarian International1st
1998Visa American Cup1st
International Mixed Pairs1st
Saint Petersburg European Championships2nd
Chunichi Cup1st
1999Tianjin World Championships3rd2nd
Chunichi Cup4
DTB Cup2nd1st1st
Arthur Gander Memorial5
International Mixed Pairs1st
Swiss Cup1st1st
2000Paris European Championships3rd2nd2nd
Sydney Olympic Games5124
Chunichi Cup3rd
Cottbus World Cup51st3rd6
Swiss Cup2nd
2007Amsterdam European Championships18

Floor Music

1999-2000 - "The Saint" by Orbital

2003 - "On the Run" by Yello

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