Kateryna Serebrianska

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Kateryna Serebrianska : biography

25 October 1977 –

Kateryna Serebrianska (born 25 October 1977 in Simferopol) is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 1996 Olympics gold medalist, the 1995 World All-around champion and a two time (1995,1996) European All-around champion.

Life and career

Serebrianska was born in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. She started gymnastics in 1982 at age 4, with her mother Liubov as her coach at the Gratsia club in Simferopol. She later moved to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to train at the Deriugins School.

Serebrianska tied Bulgaria’s Maria Petrova for the all-round title at the 1995 World Championships in Vienna, Austria. She also won several individual apparatus titles: rope at the 1993 World Championships in Alicante, Spain; hoop (tied with Belarusian Larissa Lukyanenko and Bulgarian Maria Petrova), ball (tied with Ukrainian teammate Olena Vitrychenko), clubs and ribbon in the 1994 World Championships in Paris, France; ball (tied with Russians Yanina Batyrchina and Amina Zaripova) at the 1995 Worlds in Vienna, Austria; and again in 1996 in Hungary. She also won the 1996 European all-round title, together with the team gold, and gold on rope, ball and ribbon finals.

At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Serebrianska’s technical strength won her the gold medal, although she had a slight fumble with the ribbon before her final toss. She was ahead of her closest rival, Russia’s Yanina Batyrchina by 0.150 points going into the ribbon routine, who competed before her and dropped the ribbon.

Serebrianska, Alina Kabaeva, Olexandra Tymoshenko and Evgenia Kanaeva are the only rhythmic gymnasts to win World, European and Olympic titles.

At the 1997 European Championships in Greece, Serebrianska dropped a club at the end of her all-round clubs routine (9.825), but scores of 9.950 on both the rope and ribbon, and a 9.912 on hoop gave her an accumulated score of 29.637 and hence the bronze medal by 0.012 ahead of French competitor, Eva Serrano. In the apparatus finals, she won the gold in the rope event with a perfect 10.000, and took silver in the clubs and ribbon events. She did not compete at the 1997 World Championships due to an illness suffered by her mother. In her final major competition, the 1998 European Championships, she reached each of the apparatus final events. She won gold in the hoop final (9.950) and silver in rope (9.933). She also won bronze in the ribbon event (9.933), tying with the same score as Evgenia Pavlina of Belarus and Yanina Batyrchina of Russia, but winning the medal due to the new tie-breaker scoring system. She placed 6th (lost in the tie-breaker to Belarusian, Yulia Raskina) in the all-round final.

Serebrianska retired from rhythmic gymnastics in 1998. She is 178 cm / 5ft10in in height.

Detailed Olympic results

Year Competition Description Location title= Serebrianskaya RG music list |url=http://rgforum.no/music/searchresults.php?gymnast_lastname=serebrianskaya&gymnast_firstname=&nation=&apparatus=&tidsrom_fra=&music_title=&music_from=&music_composer=&lagtinn_etter_dato=01&lagtinn_etter_mnd=01&lagtinn_etter_aar=2004&programtype_individuell=on&status_godkjent=on |publisher= rgforum }} Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
1996 Olympics Atlanta All-around 39.683 39.113
Tipsy Bumblebee Ribbon 9.833 9.699
Kalinka/Katyusha Rope 9.950 9.799
Atrocious Romance Ball 9.950 9.783
Nur kein genieren Clubs 9.950 9.832


  • Serebrianska became the first female rhythmic gymnast to hold the European, World, and Olympic all-round titles at the same time. This record was tied by Alina Kabaeva at the 2004 Athens Olympics and Evgenia Kanaeva at the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Serebrianska has won gold medals in all of the apparatus in a single World Championship ( and has won on all five apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon), a record tied only by Bianka Panova, Oxana Kostina and Evgenia Kanaeva.
  • Serebrianska is tied with Evgenia Kanaeva and Lilia Ignatova for three World gold medals in ball.
  • Serebrianska is only one of the three rhythmic gymnasts ( with Alina Kabaeva and Evgenia Kanaeva ) to win all the Grand-slam titles (Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, World Cup Final and Grand Prix Final).