YEROFEEVA Tamara
Rhythmic (Ukraine)
Last update: 05/09/2011


YEROFEEVA Tamara Ukraine
Discipline: Rhythmic
Last update: 05/09/2011 Print
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Licence No.: 00000907
Date of birth: 04/03/1982 Age: 32
Gender: Female
Height: 176 cm/5.8 ft Weight: 49 kg/108.0 lb
Place of birth: KIEV

Hometown: KIEV (UKR)
Marital status: Single
Children: 0 boys
0 girls
Occupation: Student
Languages Spoken: Russian, English
Start Discipline (year): 1985
First Int. Competition (year): 1996
National Team Since (year): 1996
Current Club: Deruguina School
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Head coach: Albina Deruguina (UKR)
Assistant coach: Irina Deruguina (UKR)
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Creation date: 1999-08-27
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Tamara Yerofeeva was born on the 4th of March, 1982. Then nobody knew that it was the day of birth of one of the brighest gymnasts not only of Ukraine, but of the whole World. Toma wasn't noticed by anybody at first. Yes, she was tall and long-legged, but lacked a special light in her light, which helps the coach to recognise a great gymnast. At first, she started to attend artistic gymnastics section, but soon had to leave it, because she didn't have enough strength in her hands. So the family decided to try rhythmic gymnastics. No, at first never could even think that it will become a sport of her life, her parents only wanted her to be graceful, have good feeling of music and flexibility. Toma started to visit the school near her house. She was training day by day, growing her masterpiece, but then everybody understood that school is not enough for her and she went to Albina Deruigina, who at first didn't see her talentl. Toma had good lacks, but her back was not particularly great. However, they took her and she started to turn her ambitions into her life. It looks like every great gymnast of Ukraine starts from the group and Toma was not an exception.

Deruigins put her in junior group of 1996. She competed on European Championships, then quickly Irina composed individual routines for her and she competed as a junior on World Club Championships in Japan. Toma marks that competition as a start of her carreir. She won the medal then, but Alina Kabaeva was in front. Nobody knew then that this competition will last for years after. In 1997 Toma became a senior. She competed on World Championships in Berlin with rope and clubs in team event. It was difficult for her. She was closing the routines of Ukrainians and felt the great pressure on her young soul. She did brilliantly, with no mistakes under her folk music with rope and tango with clubs. Toma didn't only practise individual routines, she was in group as well. In 1998 she competed on World Championships in Sevillia for groups and won 2 bronze medals in apparatus finals there. Toma is an "ideal" gymnast - she is both good as individual and as group. In 1999 she started to win medals at prestigious international competitions and there came her first individual medal at World Championships - she was third in final with ribbon in Osaka 1999.

In 2000 right out of the blue Toma became the leader of the Ukrainian team. She was not prepared for it, but was not feared and showed that the bigger pressure she has the better she competes. Toma was on Olimpic 2000, but she knew that it wasn't her time then and she had no chance for a medal. She took 6th place straight after the main rivals for the medals. The new COP was introduced in 2001. Toma was not prepared to do so many back elements. Her back hurt a lot, but she didn't stop even though she was thinking of retirement. Thanks God, Irina Deruigina and Albina Deruigina were always near her to make her stay. Toma started to shine and win a medal after medal. Unfortunately, the judges didn't see her advantages over Kabaeva and Tschaschina, always putting them in front of her. Toma didn't give up, she trained and trained. 2 bronze medals were stolen from her on European Championships, but she didn't care. She won 4 gold medals out of 5 possible on the Universiade. World Championships came and the big fight against Simona Peycheva. Till the last routine Simona was leading, before Toma's last routine, Irina Deruigina came to her and said : "Do everything you can. Just do it. Or don't go on the carpet at all".

Toma didn't know her place and her score before, but afterwards she was very happy with her medal. I'm not speaking about the silver for team event of course. In the finals day Toma managed to win a bronze with rope. In the winter of 2001-2002 Toma got to know about the disquallfication of Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tschaschina. Tamara was happy to know that she will receive the title of all-round World Champion. Of course, she knew that this medal had already gone to Kabaeva, that they were all on the podium with Russian anthem singing...But I hope Toma will listen to Ukrainian anthem on Worlds soon! In 2002 Toma won Ukrainian Nationals (as she did in 2000-2001), she competed on World Championships in New Orleans for groups and won gold medal there, really unexpected gold medals. Of course, Ukraine hoped to win a medal, but not gold of course. Everyone was happy, including Toma of course! On European Championships in Granada she became 2nd just after Alina Kabaeva.

Lots of people doubted Alina's first place. Toma competed strongly and was stable in all routines. She didn't make a tiny mistake during the whole competition ! In World Cup Final she also got the medals. 2003 brought new changes of COP in apparatus, but Toma no longer was afraid of them. She confidently won competition in San Fransisco. However, she had to come to thought that they are now on equal level with Anna Bessonova and that sometimes Anya can be in front of her. When Anya won all-round on Deruigina Cup, Toma didn't shake her hand on the podium. It was not surprising for Bessonova, she knew Toma's character for many years. On European Championships Toma had to be in shade of Bessonova again, however, she won medals as well. Her struggle again her unstoppable back pain is increadible. She is rather tall for rhythmic gymnastics, but she executes the most difficult turns with unusual grace, her jumps are flying and easy, she can be gutta-percha flexible and classically strict in her movements. She is musical and swift. We all wish her good luck for the upcoming World Championships.

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Tamara Yerofeeva is one of the most expressive gymnasts in the world, all her performances can't be forgotten, they stay in the hearts of her fans for a long time.Having just appeared on the carpet, Yerofeeva charms the audience by her appeareance : such beautiful long-legged gymnasts is a rare thing to happen now. She is beloved by people from all over the world, who send her letters of support. Toma suffered from the problems inside rhythmic gymnastics, having become 14th at the latest World Championships. However, she managed to overcome all the difficulties and returned to this sport to show the whole world that her eyes have not yet passed and she is still capable to be in top shape and to win medals at competitions. We sincerely hope that her stubborn but forceful character will help her reach her goals.ukr
Category Rank-F Score-F Rank-Q Score-Q Year Place Level
Individual All-Around 6 39.000 8 38.899 2000 SYDNEY Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Individual All-Around 14 89.875 11 71.250 2003 BUDAPEST 26th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 14 89.875 11 71.250 2003 BUDAPEST 26th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 4 25.700 2003 BUDAPEST 26th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Team 2 246.350 2003 BUDAPEST 26th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Group All-Around 6 44.950 2002 NEW ORLEANS 25th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 1 106.225 2001 MADRID 24th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 1 26.025 2001 MADRID 24th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 3 25.700 2001 MADRID 24th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 3 25.700 2001 MADRID 24th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 3 25.600 2001 MADRID 24th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Team 1 258.875 2001 MADRID 24th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Group All-Around 4 39.033 1998 SEVILLA 22nd World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Team 3 118.229 1997 BERLIN 21st World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 6 25.100 2002 STUTTGART 11st ART and 4th RG World Cup Final
Hoop 3 25.975 2002 STUTTGART 11st ART and 4th RG World Cup Final
Ball 3 25.025 2002 STUTTGART 11st ART and 4th RG World Cup Final
Clubs 3 25.675 2002 STUTTGART 11st ART and 4th RG World Cup Final
Rope 4 9.687 2000 GLASGOW 10th ART and 3rd RG World Cup Final
Hoop 4 9.687 2000 GLASGOW 10th ART and 3rd RG World Cup Final
Ball 6 9.637 2000 GLASGOW 10th ART and 3rd RG World Cup Final
Ribbon 8 9.637 2000 GLASGOW 10th ART and 3rd RG World Cup Final
Individual All-Around 5 105.100 2003 CORBEIL-ESSONNES 29th International Tournament
Hoop 4 26.975 2003 CORBEIL-ESSONNES 29th International Tournament
Ball 7 25.500 2003 CORBEIL-ESSONNES 29th International Tournament
Clubs 5 26.375 2003 CORBEIL-ESSONNES 29th International Tournament
Ribbon 3 26.250 2003 CORBEIL-ESSONNES 29th International Tournament
Hoop 3 26.300 2003 RIESA 19th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 6 26.150 2003 RIESA 19th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 6 26.150 2003 RIESA 19th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 2 26.850 2003 RIESA 19th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ribbon 3 25.900 2003 RIESA 19th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ribbon 3 25.900 2003 RIESA 19th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 2 107.700 2002 GRANADA 18th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 4 26.525 2002 GRANADA 18th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 1 27.775 2002 GRANADA 18th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 2 26.525 2002 GRANADA 18th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 2 26.875 2002 GRANADA 18th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 7 26.200 2001 GENEVA 17th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 3 27.500 2001 GENEVA 17th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 5 27.050 2001 GENEVA 17th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Clubs 3 27.200 2001 GENEVA 17th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Individual All-Around 5 39.832 5 29.850 2000 SARAGOZA 16th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 2 9.983 2000 SARAGOZA 16th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Hoop 8 9.850 2000 SARAGOZA 16th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Ball 6 9.950 2000 SARAGOZA 16th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Rope 5 9.858 1999 BUDAPEST 15th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships