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Natalia Ilienko
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Ilienko at the 1981 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of the Soviet Union.png USSR

Born

March 26 1967 (1967-03-26) (age 54)
Alma Ata, Kazakh SSR, USSR

Club

Dinamo Moscow

Current status

Retired

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.

Career

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.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1979 Chunichi Cup 3rd
1980 Junior European Championships 6
USSR Championships 1st 7 6 1st 4 4
1981 Madrid European Championships 4 2nd
USSR Championships 10 1st 5
Moscow World Championships 1st 1st
Moscow News 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd
1983 USSR Championships 2nd
Riga International 4 1st
1984 Olomouc Friendship Games 1st
USSR Cup 5 1st
USSR Championships 1st

Floor Music

1981-1982, 1984 - "La Cenerentola Ouverture" by Charlie Mills and his Orchestra


World Floor Exercise Champions
Matylda Pálfyová • Helena RakoczyTamara ManinaEva BosákováLarisa LatyninaNatalia KuchinskayaLudmilla TourischevaNellie Kim | Elena MukhinaEmilia EberleNatalia IlienkoEcaterina SzaboOksana OmelianchikDaniela Silivaş | Elena ShushunovaDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaCristina BontaşKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDina KochetkovaGina GogeanGina Gogean | Kui YuanyuanGina GogeanAndreea RăducanElena GómezDaiane Dos SantosAlicia SacramoneCheng FeiShawn JohnsonBeth TweddleLauren MitchellKsenia AfanasyevaSimone BilesMurakami MaiSimone BilesMurakami Mai
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