|LOBATCH Marina Belarus
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||26/06/1970||Age:||44|
|Place of birth:||SMOLEVITCHI||
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|Marina Lobacth has been neither European, nor World All Around Champion, but still she was the one to win the most precious title of Olympic Champion in Seoul '88. "To do it at the right time and the right place"- this was exactly Marina's chance in Korea.
Her competitive careeer was shorter compared to the one of Shugurova or Timoshenko, but finished as gloriously as theirs.
She was born in the town of Smolevitchi BLR and took up RG at the age of 7 under the coaching of Irina Leparskaya. Marina's father was a carpenter, her mother was a cook and she has two sisters.
Her talent was spotted by the coach Galina Krilenko, (twice World Champion in the group exercise in 1973 and 1975) and Marina moved to Minsk to train with her guidance.
To find a place in the multinational USSR team during those years, was more difficult than winning a medal at World Championships. Marina's strongest rivals initialy were Tatiana Drutchinina and Galina Beloglasova and later on Alexandra Timoshenko and Oxana Skaldina. In the 80's the Bulgarian challenge was very strong: Panova, Dunavska, Koleva. Marina wanted to be like the Bulgarian twice World AA champion Diliana Georgieva.
Lobatch was long legged, very elegant, technically irreprochable and inclined to classic music in style and performance. Most of her exercise were choreographed to Tchaikowski or Rachmaninov's music.
Now she is one of the young generation of international brevet judges and works as a coach in Minsk.vam.