Tatiana Felixovna Lysenko
Lysenko was a member of the Unified Team's women's gymnastics team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games; the Unified Team was made up of athletes from countries in the former Soviet Union. During the competition, Lysenko won two gold medals: in the individual balance beam and the team competition. She also won the bronze medal in the vault, and placed seventh in the individual all-around.
Lysenko was one of the world's top female gymnasts in the early 1990s. Competing for the Soviet Union in 1989, she emerged onto the international stage in her first major competition when she won the gold medal in the vault and balance beam, and captured the silver in the all-around competition at the prestigious International Japan Junior Invitational. The following year, Lysenko surprised everyone by winning the all-around title at the World Cup; she also finished third in the floor competition.
Lysenko then helped the Soviet team capture the gold medal in the team competition at the 1990 Goodwill Games, and at the 1991 World Championships. At the Worlds, she finished eighth in the uneven bars and 13th in the individual all-around competition. At the 1992 World Championships, she represented Ukraine for the first time and won the bronze medal in the floor exercise, but finished sixth in the vault, seventh in the balance beam, and ninth in the uneven bars. In 1993, she won the bronze medal in the individual all-around event at the World Championships and placed fifth in the uneven bars.
Lysenko retired in 1994 at the age of the 19 while attending the Ukrainian State University of Sports and Physical Education. She received her bachelor's degree in 1996 and moved to the United States with her family two years later. She is currently a coach and choreographs routines at clinics and camps around the U.S. She has also created FLIP Gymnastics Video Magazine (found at www.flipvideomag.com). In 2002, Lysenko was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. June 23, 1975
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Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)