Dmitri Trouch hails from Voronezh, Russia, a town approximately 6 hours south of
Moscow. At age 12, Dmitri was selected to train at the Russian Olympic Training
Centre in Moscow. By 1991, Dmitri was selected to represent the Soviet Union at
the 1991 Junior European Championships. He did not disappoint, capturing silver
in the AA and medalling in two apparatus finals (silver on PB and bronze on HB).
In the following years,
with the break up of the Soviet Union, Dmitri found himself competing for his
own republic, Russia. By 1994, he had become an integral member of the Russian
men's senior team. By all accounts, it seemed as though Dmitri's dream of
competing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics would come true. Then, in a blink of an
eye, Dmitri sustained a serious knee injury in 1995. The injury was diagnosed as
career ending, and Dmitri was forced into retirement. He surprised all, however,
by making an unexpected - but very welcomed - comeback in 1996.
Dmitri helped Russia
earn a gold medal in the team event at the 1996 European Championships. The
competition in Atlanta was certain to be much more of a challenge though, with
the strong Chinese competitors having dominated World team competitions over the
previous few years. The Russian men remained headstrong in Atlanta though,
capitalizing on the Chinese men's mistakes. In a strong upset, the Russian men
came out victorious. For Dmitri, the victory was all the more sweet. Not only
had he fought back from injury the previous year, but he was reinjured in
Dmitri explained how it
felt to win Olympic gold in Atlanta to The
Daily Iowan. "It is kind of hard to believe that you just won a
medal when you walk down the podium, carrying a medal in your hands. It is a
pretty good feeling, for all your hard work and for everything you put into this
one thing. It is hard to describe how happy you are, and it is hard to believe
that you just won a gold medal."
Dmitri's Press photo for the 1999
University of Iowa Hawkeyes Gymnastics Media Guide
Dmitri retired after
the success of Atlanta. Like many of his teammates, he found success in
the United States. Since Atlanta, Dmitri has served as an assistant
coach for the men's gymnastics program at the University of
Iowa. "I enjoy it [coaching] because I know a lot about what
gymnasts are doing involving technique," Dmitri told The
Daily Iowan. "It is easy to help the guys achieve their goals
because I can explain the technique to them a little easier because I have been
through this. It helped me, being an elite gymnast. We have some pretty good
guys here on the team, and it is a lot of fun to work with them, sharing the
knowledge that I know." As an aside, he
coaches alongside fellow and former Russian gymnast Alexander Kolyvanov, who
also hails from Voronezh, Russia.
During the summer of 1998, on break from the University of Iowa, Dmitri was one of several notable
coaches at Lake Owen Gymnastics Camp in Wisconsin. Other
coaches included Peggy Liddick, Artur Akopian, Kevin
Brown and Tom Forster. Later that year, Dmitri competed
in the 1998 Rock and Roll Championships wearing his
signature headband, and showed that he has maintained
much of his competitive form and skill opening with a
Dmitry is married to wife Marina.
They have one son, Alexandre who was born in May of 1996. It's too early to say
whether we'll see another Trouch on the international gymnastics scene, but
Dmitri told The Daily Iowan that young
Alexandre is already enjoying his preschool gymnastics classes: "I
hope he likes it a lot to become a gymnast. But if he decides to pick any other
sports, I am not going to stop him from doing that. But I want him to pick one
sport rather than five and be not as good at them. Pick one sport to stick with
for the rest of his sports career, I will suggest to him."
Dmitry and wife Marina have a second child now, daughter Polina.
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