Ilienko at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
March 26 1967
Natalia Ilienko (Russian/ Kazakh: Наталья Ильенко) was a Soviet gymnast born March 26, 1967 in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. Ilienko was known for delivering vivid performances on floor where she demonstrated outstanding plasticity, choreography and showmanship. Her biggest accomplishment was becoming world floor champion in 1981.
Natalia competed at the 1980 Junior European Championships, finishing 6th all around and the 1981 European Championships, finishing 4th all around, before being selected for the world championships team in 1981. Although she only finished 10th All Around at the Soviet Championships, her first and second place finishes on beam at the Soviet and European Championships allowed her to make the team. She qualified 6th to the all around finals, but was not allowed to compete because five of her teammates had qualified ahead of her.
Natalia was selected for both the 1983 World Championships team and the 1984 Olympic Team. When the Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Olympics, she competed at the alternate games Friendship Games in Olomouc. Her performances in the team competition left her out of the all around as the fourth Soviet gymnast.
|1980||Junior European Championships||6|
|1981||Madrid European Championships||4||2nd|
|Moscow World Championships||1st||1st|
|1984||Olomouc Friendship Games||1st|
1981-1982, 1984 - "La Cenerentola Ouverture" by Charlie Mills and his Orchestra
|World Floor Exercise Champions|
|Matylda Pálfyová • Helena Rakoczy • Tamara Manina • Eva Bosáková • Larisa Latynina • Natalia Kuchinskaya • Ludmilla Tourischeva • Nellie Kim | Elena Mukhina • Emilia Eberle • Natalia Ilienko • Ecaterina Szabo • Oksana Omelianchik • Daniela Silivaş | Elena Shushunova • Daniela Silivaş | Svetlana Boginskaya • Cristina Bontaş • Kim Zmeskal • Shannon Miller • Dina Kochetkova • Gina Gogean • Gina Gogean | Kui Yuanyuan • Gina Gogean • Andreea Răducan • Elena Gómez • Daiane Dos Santos • Alicia Sacramone • Cheng Fei • Shawn Johnson • Beth Tweddle • Lauren Mitchell • Ksenia Afanasyeva • Simone Biles • Murakami Mai • Simone Biles • Murakami Mai|