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Nina Bocharova
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Bocharova at the 1952 Olympic Games

Full name

Nina Antonovna Bocharova

Country represented

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September 24, 1924
Suprunovka, Poltava Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR


August 31, 2020 (age 95)
Rome, Italy

Current status


Nina Antonovna Bocharova (Russian: Нина Антоновна Бочарова) (b. September 24, 1924 in village Suprunovka, Poltava Oblast, Ukrainian SSR) was a former Soviet/Ukrainian gymnast, who won five medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics.


She competed for Stroitel Kiev, debuting at the Nationals in 1948, where she placed fourth on the uneven bars and balance beam. These two were her best events throughout the career. She won the all-around titles at the USSR Championships in 1949 and 1951, Maria Gorokhovskaya being her main rival. In 1952 Bocharova competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics, the first Olympics for Soviet athletes. Placing 2nd to Gorokhovskaya in the all-around, she won the gold on the beam and contributed to the team's gold. She also earned another silver medal in the team exercise with hand apparatus event. At age 30 she competed in the 1954 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, winning the gold medal in the team competition, and finished her career afterwards.

In the early 2000s Nina Bocharova still actively participated in sports activities and meetings and was honoured to be the first torchbearer of the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay on the Ukrainian land.

Bocharova passed away on August 31, 2020 in Rome, Italy. She was 95 years old.[1]

Medal Count

1948 USSR Championships 2nd 5 4 4
1949 USSR Championships 2nd 1st
1950 USSR Championships 3rd 5
1951 USSR Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st
1952 Helsinki Olympic Games 1st 2nd 2nd 1st
1954 Rome World Championships 1st
1956 USSR Cup 5 3rd


Olympic Balance Beam Champions
Nina BocharovaAgnes KeletiEva BosákováVěra ČáslavskáNatalia KuchinskayaOlga KorbutNadia ComăneciEcaterina Szabo | Simona PăucăDaniela SilivaşTatiana LysenkoShannon MillerLiu XuanCătălina PonorShawn JohnsonDeng LinlinSanne WeversGuan Chenchen