Larisa Latynina

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Larisa Latynina : biography

27 December 1934 –

Early life

Born as Larisa Semyonovna Diriy in Ukraine, she first practiced ballet, but turned to gymnastics after her choreographer moved out of Kherson. She graduated from high school in 1953 and moved to Kiev to attend the Lenin Polytechnic Institute and continue training, where she trained at the Burevestnik Voluntary Sports Society. At the age of 19, she debuted internationally at the 1954 Rome World Championships, winning the gold medal in the team competition.

Awards and honors

1989: Olympic Order (silver), International Olympic Committee 1998: Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

Medals
Year Championship Medals and Disciplines
1954 World Championship 1 gold medal (Teams)
1956 Melbourne Olympic Games 4 gold medals (All-Around, Teams, Floor Exercise and Vault)1 silver medal (Bars)1 bronze medal (Object Exercise)
1957 European Championship 5 gold medals (All-Around, Vault, Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise)
1958 World Championship 5 gold medals (Teams, All-Around, Vault, Bars and Balance Beam) 1 silver medal (Floor Exercise)
1960 Rome Olympic Games 3 gold medals (All-Around, Teams and Floor Exercise) 2 silver medals (Bars and Balance Beam) 1 bronze medal (Vault)
1961 European Championship 2 gold medals (All-Around and Floor Exercise) 2 silver medals (Bars and Balance Beam)
1962 World Championship 3 gold medals (Teams, All-Around and Floor Exercise) 2 silver medals (Vault and Balance Beam) 1 bronze medal (Bars)
1964 Tokyo Olympic Games 2 gold medals (Teams and Floor Exercise),2 silver medals (All-Around and Vault) 2 bronze medals (Bars and Balance Beam)
1965 European Championship 4 silver medals (All-Around, Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise) 1 bronze medal (Vault)
1966 World Championship 1 silver medal (Teams)