|KARPUCHINA Elena Russia
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||21/03/1951||Age:||64|
|Place of birth:||MOSCOW||
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|Elena was born in prison and spent two years there with her mother. "Fortunately", I have no memories of those days", she writes in her biography published in 1995 under the title "Don't come off the skies".
Her fate is deeply touching and what Elena narrates in the book has a little to do with the image of the lucky 16 year old girl, who came out of the blue and became World All around Champion in Copenhagen 1967.
She took up ballet at 9 years of age. She started Rhythmic at 11, coached by the same Tamara Vartanova Lisitzian who gave the artistic ABC to the world recognized Ludmila Savinkova and Tatiana Kravtchenko. Later on (exactly as it had happened with Savinkova and Kravtchenko), Karpuchina continued under the coaching of Tamara's sister Martina Varatanova Lisitzian.
Amazing flexibility and artistry were Elena's most impressive qualities. Ballet had given her a beautiful body line and her ambition helped her to improve quickly. She won her first ever competition in the USSR with the maximum score 10.00 points, and soon became a threat to the leading Soviet gymnast.
Two months before the WC in Copenhagen she overcame Savinkova and Kravtchenko who has always been her idols. Many people tend to underestimate her victory in Denmark stating that she was simply the lucky one. The favourite Lubov Sereda dropped her rope in the very last moment of her exercise.
Havana (Cuba) 1971 WC was the second one for Elena and she finished it with two second places, in the All around and with ribbon. At her very last competiiton, the Moscow RG Cup, Karpuchina was pregnant with her daughter Nadezda.
A coach, a physiotherapist, an artist, a poet, an actress Elena's life has been many things.
But never dull.