|BELOGLAZOVA Galina Russia
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||10/06/1967||Age:||47|
|Place of birth:||ASTRAKHAN||
|Start Discipline (year):||1975|
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|National Team Since (year):||1982|
|Head coach:||Ludmila Tichomirova (RUS)|
|Choreographer:||Ludmila Tichomirova (RUS)|
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|Blonde, tall, artistic and beautiful, Galina was the leading ex Soviet gymnast in the beginning of the 80's and one of the most charming and intelligent gymnasts ever.
She took up gymnastics at the age of 5 under Ludmila Tichomirova and never changed her coach. Her debut on the international stage was at the traditional Intervision Cup in Cottbus GDR, 1980. As a junior, she took the 1st place.
In 1982, Galina was a member of the USSR team at the Europeans in Stavanger NOR as substitute. However, such was the impression she left during the judging course before the competition started, that the coaches of the team decided to let her take part in the contest. Then she finished 7th in the AA and with the rope and 8th with the clubs.
Beloglazova possessed all the qualities which todays gymnast dreams of - flexibility, jumping abilities, carriage; she was tremendously elegant in her presentations.
Her active career coincided with the second Bulgarian "Golden Era". Galina was the strongest opponent of the World Champions Anelia Ralenkova (1981), Diliana Geogieva (1983 and 1985), Bianca Panova (1987) and twice WCup holder Lili Ignatova (1983-1985). Their gymnastics was extremely attractive, innovative and technically very difficult and they were attacking the first places together at the time, when Galina was without such a strong shoulder next to her. She had to fight alone against a whole squad of strong opponents; but it was pretty sure, that she wouldn't miss one prize wherever ans whenever she appeared, the one for " Miss Championships".
Galina's speciality was ribbon. As far as the AA, her most bitter experience was in Strasbourg FRA 1983. Leading the field until the last piece, she dropped for part of a second her club on the floor (litterally in the last moment of the routine) and let the crown go to Bulgarian debutante Diliana Ceorgieva.
Beloglazova retired in 1987. She married the famous Estonian basketball player Heiko Ende and now is a proud mother of a son. She has well deserved satisfaction from her academic education, achieving degrees in English and German languages.V. Atkinson.