coached the legendary Belarussian swan, Svetlana Boguinskaia. Miramanova was
very much a second mother to Boguinskaia. By the time the two traveled to Seoul for
the 1988 Olympics, Boguinskaia had lived with Miramanova (and her two young
daughters) for more than half of her life. Under Lubov's guidance, Boguinskaia
earned a spot on the 1988 Soviet Olympic team. In Seoul, she earned a team
gold medal, bronze medals in the AA and FX, and a gold medal on vault.
Shortly after the 1988
Olympics, Miramanova was found dead, allegedly having committed suicide.
Although the exact details of the death are not known, it is believed that she
hung herself on the balcony of her apartment. Despite the two's closeness, or
perhaps because of it, information about Miramanova's death was kept from
Boguinskaia for years. Boguinskaia expressed
her sorrow over Miramanova's death in an interview with TBS during the 1990
Goodwill Games, "She was like a mother to me. I lost the thing most
dear to me in life. After her death I pretty much decided I wasn't going to do
gymnastics anymore. I wanted to quit, but then I thought 'What else can I do?'
and I decided to continue."
Boguinskaia later dedicated her 1989
World Championship title to Miramanova's memory.
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