Lyubov Burda (URS)

1967 USSR Spartakiade: 3rd AA
1968 Olympics: 1st T, 25th AA
1969 USSR National Championships: 1st AA
1970 USSR National Championships: 1st AA
1970 World Championships: 1st T, 5th AA, 3rd V (tie), 4th UB, 6th FX
1970 Chunichi Cup: 1st AA
1971 Spartakiade of the Russian Federation: 1st AA
1972 USSR National Championships: 5th AA
1972 USSR Cup (Olympic Trials): 4th AA, 2nd V, 2nd FX
1972 Olympics: 1st T, 5th AA, 4th V, 5th FX (tie)
1972 Chunichi Cup: 7th AA
1973 World University Games: 2nd AA, 4th V, 2nd UB, 2nd BB, 3rd FX

Results compiled from information found at Gymn Forum and Minot Simons' Women's Gymnasics: A History (volume 1, 1966-1974)

Born in Voronezh, Lyubov Burda made her competitive debut at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade. Only 14 years old, Burda placed third all-around (ahead of Polina Astakhova and Ludmilla Tourischeva, both of whom were three-time Olympians by the end of their careers).

In her first Olympics, in 1968 in Mexico city, Burda's performances contributed to the Soviet's team gold medal and earned her a spot in the AA competition. Unfortunately, nerves (lack of experience/young age) must have caught up with her because she placed a disappointing 25th AA.

Still only 15, Burda continued past the 1968 Olympics. Although she did not represent the Soviet Union at the 1969 European Championships (was she injured?), five months later she won the USSR National Championships, which were held in Rostov. That same year she attended the Junior Spartakiade in Yerevan. It was at this meet that she first met eventual Soviet superstar Nikolai Andrianov.

The following year, Burda retained her national crown and represented the USSR at the 1970 World Championships in Ljubljana, Yugoslovia. Burda improved on her Olympic results, earning a team gold medal and individual bronze (shared) on the vault. She topped off the year by winning the AA at the 1970 Chunichi Cup. Interestingly, according to the 30th Anniversary (1999) Program of the Chunichi Cup, the 1970 Chunichi Cup was actually held in conjunction with the Riga International competition in Riga, the capital city of Latvia (Latvia was then a Soviet republic). The sister affiliation that began that year ended the same year.

At her second Olympics, the 1972 Munich Games, Burda once again contribute to her team's overall gold medal. Unfortunately, she just missed earning an individual medal (5th AA, 4th V, and 5th FX). Her final competition appears to have been the 1973 World University, in which she placed second behind Olga Korbut.

In 1975, Burda married Nikolai Andrianov. That same year the couple's first son was born. They named him Seryozha (Sergei). The later years the couple welcomed a second son, Dmitri. Andrianov eventually coached his first born. Sergei did go on to compete internationally (I remember hearing that he finished second in a meet in South America), though nowhere to the extent of his father.

While Andrianov coached male juniors at the Vladimir gymnastics school (including superstars Vladimir Artemov, Alexei Nemov, and Dmitri Vassilenko), Burda was responsible for coaching the girls. According to an article originally published in 1987 in Sovietsky Sport and later republished in part in the much recommended Women's Gymnasics: A History (volume 1, 1966-1974) by Minot Simons II, one of Burda's students included Sveta Mironova, who placed 4th AA at a major meet in 1985 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Burda and her family left Russia for Japan. There, Andrianov coaches Naoya Tsukahara, who placed second overall at the recent 1999 World Championships in Tianjin, China. Oddly, one of Andrianov's biggest rivals during his competitive years was Naoya's father, the great Mitsiuo Tsukhara.

When Andrianov and Burda separated, Burda returned to Russia in 2000 with Andrianov staying in Japan as Tsukahara's personal coach. Burda began judging international meets, one commitment preventing her from making the trip to Oklahoma City in 2001 for her induction into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

For more information about Burda, please see the excellent Women's Gymnasics: A History (volume 1, 1966-1974) by Minot Simons II.

Burda was born on April 11, 1953

. This page was created on January 21, 2000 and last updated June 2001.


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