Svetlana Baitova (URS)

1986 USSR Championships: 1st AA
1986 Blume Memorial: 4th AA
1987 USSR Championships: 2nd AA
1987 USSR Cup: 4th AA, 1st V, 1st BB
1987 European Championships: 10th AA
1987 Moscow News: 2nd AA, 1st UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX
1987 World Championships: 2nd T, 4th AA, 4th V, 4th UB,4th FX
1988 American Cup: 2nd AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st FX
1988 International Mixed Pairs (with I. Korobchinsky):2nd AA
1988 USSR Cup: 6th AA, 3rd BB
1988 Olympics: 1st T
1989 US vs USSR: 1st T
1989 World Championships: 1st T 

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

Photo used with the expressed permission of Gymn Forum

Although she never won AA honours at a major international competition, Baitova came close many times. At the 1987 World Championships alone, Baitova earned the ubiquitous title of "Queen of Fourth Place," finishing 4th in the AA, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.

In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, Baitova's role as an all-arounder was replaced by the new Soviet phenom Natalia Laschenova. Baitova performed well however, contributing to the Soviet's gold medal in the team competition.

Photo used with the expressed permission
of Jeremy Shorr

Baitova traveled with her teammates to Stuttgart for the 1989 World Championships. Rumour has it that she was the official alternate, but was bumped up to competitive status when the head of the team decided to pull Natalia Kalinina from the competitive line up. At these Worlds, the Soviets once again won team gold.

Baitova retired sometime after the 1989 World Championships. Years later (1998) she appeared as a member of the International Snow Flyers (see photo, right), a group that participates in shows for Sea World during the summer months. Also joining her in the show were fellow Belorussians Olga and Yulia Yurkina.

Today Baitova lives is Belarus, and is married with one son (Sasha). She is a coach and choreographer at the Youth sport school No. 6.

Baitova was born on September 3, 1972.

. This page was created on January 26, 1999 and last updated on June 3, 2003.

 

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