Olga Chudina (URS)

1987 USA vs USSR: 12th AA
1987 Kraft International
1988 USSR Championships 10th AA
1988 World Sports Fair
1988 USSR Cup: 5th AA

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Olga Chudina was a beautiful gymnast with a flair for classical routines. Unfortunately, the gymnastics world saw far too little of this gymnast. Riddled with repeated ankle injuries, Olga was routinely denied the opportunity to prove herself. For example, at the 1987 Champions All meet she competed with a broken ankle (!), hence her watered down FX and poor overall standing.

The one time it truly mattered, at the 1988 USSR Cup - the competition used to determine the 1988 Soviet Olympic team - Chudina pulled it together, finishing 5th ahead of Strazheva, Baitova and Omelianchik. Unfortunately, politics prevailed and Chudine found herself off the team. Instead, Strazheva and Baitova competed in the Seoul Olympics and Omelianchik served as the alternate.

Chudina retired from elite gymnastics and moved to New York to pursue a modeling career. Now a successful sports model, Chudina has turned her attention back to the gym - she currently coaches and choreographs floor routines for World Cup Gymnastics in Chappaqua, NY. In her spare time, she performs for ANTIGRAVITY, the dance troupe that once employed Svetlana Boguinskaia.

Update! (October 2002). In Miami this past summer, Olga married Sergey Malakhov, a girl's gymnastics coach for the Darien YMCA Gymnastics Club. Also coaching alongside are Ukrainian couple Vladimir and Valentina Kovalenko.

Chudina was born on July 12, 1971.

. This page was created May 25, 1999 and last updated October 2002.

 

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