Olympic gold medallist Elena Naimushina passes away15/03/2017
Olympic gold medallist Elena Naimushina, one of the brightest Soviet stars of the early 1980s, passed away March 14. She was 52.
Born November 19, 1964 in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, Naimushina was part of the Soviet team that won gold at the Moscow Games after a disappointing loss to their Romanian rivals at the 1979 Worlds. 1980 was her banner year: In addition to Olympic gold, she won the World Cup title on Balance Beam and medals at the USSR Championships and USSR Cup.
The dynamic Naimushina was beloved for her expressive Floor Exercise to the Russian folk song “Kalinka,” which featured one-arm tumbling. She retired in 1981, married and had three children. Years later, she returned to performing as part of the Dynamo All Stars, a sports show managed by fellow Olympic gold medallist Mikhail Voronin.
On behalf of the international Gymnastics community, the FIG would like to express its sincere condolences to Naimushina's family and friends for their loss.
Photo: Valerii Zufarov/TASS, courtesy of SportGymRus.ru.