Svetlana Khorkina Bio - Biography

Name Svetlana Khorkina
Height 5'5"
Naionality Russian
Date of Birth 19 January 1979,
Place of Birth Belgorod, Russia
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Khorkina won her first senior international medals at the 1994 World Championships in Brisbane: a silver medal on vault for a Yurchenko half-on, pike Curevo-off skill; and a silver on uneven bars (her routine included a Markelov release, which is now named for her).

She was even more successful at the European Championships later that year. Here, she tied for silver in the all-around with teammate Dina Kotchetkova and won bars outright. Khorkina also competed at the Goodwill Games and Team World Championships that year. Her first All-Around win came at the 1995 European Cup, where she also won medals on vault, uneven bars and in the floor exercise. She was expected to be a top contender for All-Around gold at the World Championships later that year. She omitted a triple twist in the floor exercise and scored low, but solid performances on beam and vault and a stellar routine on the unevens helped her to a silver medal behind gold medallist Lilia Podkopayeva. In the bars final, Khorkina took her first world gold, the first of many, and beat Mo Huilan into second place.

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