Whatever Happened to
Dmitri Trouch?

Trouch's Competitive Results:

1991 Junior European Championships: 2nd AA, 2nd PB, 3rd HB
1993 World University Games: 16th AA
1994 Russian Nationals: 1st HB
1994 European Championships
1994 World Championships: 2nd T
1996 Europeans Championships: 1st T
1996 Russian Cup: 1st AA
1996 Olympics: 1st T

The majority of these results were compiled from information found at Gymn Forum


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 Atlanta. 

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 double layout.

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."

Update! Dmitry and wife Marina have a second child now, daughter Polina.

1999-2002. This page was created on April 30th, 1999 and last updated on September 6, 2000.

 

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