Oksana Averkova (URS)

1983 East Bloc Spartakiade: 2nd AA
1984 Junior USSR Championships: 3rd FX
1985 Moscow News: 3rd AA, 1st UB
1986 Belgian Gym Masters: 2nd AA, 1st V, 2nd UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX
1986 Moscow News: 1st AA, 1st UB, 1st BB
1986 USA vs USSR: 1st T, 6th AA

Results courtesy of Gymn Forum

Oksana Averkova was born on August 12, 1970. She trained under Maslennikova, Elena Zamolodchikova's personal coach. Averkova competed well in the few international assignments she received. In 1985 she placed third AA at the 1985 Moscow News, and claimed gold on bars. These results came just in time. Discouraged by her progress, World Gymnastics magazine reported that Averkova had toyed with retirement earlier that year. Tatiana Bunina, then director of Averkova's club, the October Sports School, persuaded her to press on.

Averkova improved over the next year, winning the 1986 Moscow News and capturing gold on bars and beam. "I wish very much that this tournament would become a lucky talisman for me.  I strove to perform evenly, without any slips, and in all the events was successful," Averkova told the Russian press.

Averkova did enjoy some continued success. She traveled to Belgium for the 1986 Belgian Gym Masters, returning home with an assortment of gold and silver medals (2nd AA, 1st V, 2nd UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX). She also traveled overseas for the 1986 USA vs USSR dual meet, contributing to her team's victory and placing 6th AA individually.

According to IG, Averkova continues to live in Moscow. She is a full-time mother.

. This page was created on June 17, 2001 and last updated January 11, 2001.


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