KHORKINA Svetlana
Womens Artistic (Russia)
Last update: 05/09/2011


KHORKINA Svetlana Russia
Discipline: Womens Artistic
Last update: 05/09/2011 Print
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Licence No.: 00000055
Date of birth: 19/01/1979 Age: 35
Gender: Female
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Place of birth: BELGOROD

Hometown: BELGOROD (RUS)
Marital status: Single
Children: 0 boys
0 girls
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Languages Spoken: Russian, English
Start Discipline (year): 1984
First Int. Competition (year):
National Team Since (year): 1986
Current Club: Trade Union
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Head coach: Boris Pilkin (RUS)
Assistant coach: Anna Pilina (RUS)
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Creation date: 2000-03-14
More about KHORKINA Svetlana:
Since 1993 when she first competed at the Junior Europeans, Svetlana Khorkina has built a STAR status and has wrapped up an enviable medal collection during two Olympic, seven World and five European Championships. For instance, at the World championships in Ghent (28th November-4th December 2001)- Khorkina was the most successful competitor out of 440 participants (men and women). She won 3 Gold medals (All-around, Uneven Bars and Vault), 1 silver medal (Team event) and 1 bronze medal (on Floor).

In total, she earned 2 Olympic gold (uneven bars 1996-2000), four silver (adding all around silver in 2004) and one bronze (team 2004), as well as an utmost 20 medals during World Championships, including 9 golds (3x all around, 5x u-bars, 1x vault).

The only title that she missed was the Olympic all-around title in Sydney 2000. Her dramatic fall on HER apparatus, the U-bars, during the All-around competition in Sydney was explained by many people, by the misfortunate wrong setting of the vault, her previous apparatus in this event.

Even then Svetlana was in the focus of the attention more than anyone. Two days later, she came back as 'the real Khorkina' and won her second Olympic title on U-bars after having generously given away her place in the vault final to her younger team- mate Elena Zamolodchikova. (The latter not only won the title on Vault, but also the one on floor, leaving into second position no one else but Khorkina!). Her phenomenal routine on the uneven bars will remain in the history of gymnastics as innovative composition and style of performance, ahead of her time. No one can explain how the 164cm tall Khorkina can manage such fluent execution, of such an extraordinary routine. Her coach, Boris Pilkin dreams up incredible combinations for her to perform on bars, so she is always changing her routine.

-Why is she unique on the Bars? It seems that she "feels" the apparatus more than anybody in the world for all the times. She has a feel for continuous rhythm when performing on the bars and extremely elegant style of performance. Her performances on the bars seem fluent and effortless. Some people say she is "like a cat" on this apparatus. At the same time she performs skills of extreme difficulty, constantly changing her routine and adding new original elements. (Example: to the so called element "Shaposhnikova", over the low bar, she has added half turn before re-catching the higher bar; Combination of "Stadler" with "Tkachov"- these are two element with a flight over the higher bar, named after male gymnasts who have performed them first in the world.) Her routine on bars is based on a very efficient combination of elements with turn around the longitudinal axes with flying elements. There no "spare" moments in her routine, each one of her swings ends with an element, which is not the case with the majority of the gymnasts.

She has a very strong personality and sense of humour and speaks her mind freely. A daughter of an 'ordinary family' (as she describes it), from the unknown Russian town of Belgorod, gracious as a ballerina, moody as a film star, careful as a team captain, charming as a woman, Khorkina is all that the sport of gymnastics has always needed. Her input to world gymnastics is equal to the greatest so far.

Khorkina has finished her education at the physical culture faculty of Belgorod State University and received her doctorate in 2002. She would like to pursue a career in business and gymnastics. Took time off from training in 2002 to act in a Moscow play. Father is Vasily. Mother Lyubov is a doctor. Younger sister Yulia is a gymnast. Speaks Russian and English. Nicknames are "Sveta" and "Queen of the Bars". Posed for the Russian edition of Playboy magazine in November 1997. Once dated men's world champion Ivan Ivankov, but prefers to keep her private life a mystery. Made an appearance on American television show "Rosie O'Donnell" after the 2000 Olympics. Known to be tempermental, comedic, and outspoken. Enjoys listening to music, eating, reading and shopping.
Svetlana was elected member of the FIG Athlete Commission for the 2005-2008 Olympic Cycle.

About herself:

'As a child, I was very picky with my food. My mother hoped, that if she puts me into gymnastics, I would start eating breakfast without frowning, after having spent a lot of energy in the gym. This is how, by simple nutritional reasons, I started my gymnastics career at the age of 4. I consider myself as an elder in Gymnastics, but I am far from the idea of giving up the challenge. To be representative of my country means responsibility. Judging by media, people around the world form their opinion about your country. Well, in this respect I try to be like Russia- big (like my size) and beautiful (some people say I am!)'

FIG / September 04
Category Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Level
All Around 2 38.211 5 37.836 2004 ATHENS Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Uneven Bar 8 8.925 2004 ATHENS Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
All Around 10 37.929 1 39.005 2000 SYDNEY Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Balance Beam 12 9.662 2000 SYDNEY Games of the XXVII Olympiad
All Around 15 38.455 1996 ATLANTA Games of the XXVI Olympiad
All Around 1 38.124 3 37.249 2003 ANAHEIM 37th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
All Around 2 39.130 1995 SABAE 31st World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Vault 5 9.618 1995 SABAE 31st World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Uneven Bar 1 9.900 1995 SABAE 31st World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Uneven Bar 2 9.825 1998 SABAE 9th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Final
Vault 3 9.268 2003 STUTTGART 21st DTB Pokal
Uneven Bar 3 9.425 2003 STUTTGART 21st DTB Pokal
Balance Beam 3 9.225 2003 STUTTGART 21st DTB Pokal
Floor Exercise 2 9.187 2003 STUTTGART 21st DTB Pokal
Uneven Bar 1 9.700 1 9.425 2003 THESSALONIKI 2nd International ART Tournament "Noynoy Family"
Balance Beam 16 8.225 2003 PARIS 12th French International Tournament
All Around 4 36.848 2004 AMSTERDAM 25th Artistic European Gymnastics Championships
Uneven Bar 1 9.662 2004 AMSTERDAM 25th Artistic European Gymnastics Championships
Balance Beam 3 9.325 2004 AMSTERDAM 25th Artistic European Gymnastics Championships
Floor Exercise 7 9.112 2004 AMSTERDAM 25th Artistic European Gymnastics Championships
All Around 2 1994 STOCKHOLM 20th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Vault 5 1994 STOCKHOLM 20th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
Uneven Bar 1 1994 STOCKHOLM 20th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships