Nina Dronova (URS)

1967 Schoolchildren's Spartakiade: 1st AA
1971 Chunichi Cup: 1st AA
1971 Druzhba: 1st T, 1st AA
1972 Chunichi Cup: 2nd AA
1974 Champions All: 1st AA
1974 Chunichi Cup: 1st AA
1974 World Championships: 1st T, 7th AA, 4th B, 5th FX
1975 Riga International: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 2nd B, 2nd FX
1975 World Cup: 7th AA, 4th B, 6th UB, 6th FX
1976 USSR Championships: 7th AA 

Results courtesy of Gymn Forum

Nina Dronova hails from Tbilisi, capital of the republic of Georgia and formerly part of the Soviet Union. She emerged onto the international scene in 1971, competing at the Junior Friendship Cup (Druzhba; 1st T, 1st AA) and Chunichi Cup (1st AA). She was on track to compete at the 1972 Munich Olympic team, fell ill with food poisoning prior to the event.

Dronova enjoyed a more successful 1974, again winning the Chunichi Cup and travelling to England to compete - and win - the Champions All. There, according to Simons' Women's Gymnastics: A History, her expressive dance earned her the title, "The Mozart of Gymnastics," from the London press. She was also praised for her bodyline on beam.

Strong performances at the 1974 World Championships in Varna earned Dronova and her teammates team gold, and she advanced to the AA, balance, and floor finals but left without medals (7th, 4th, and 5th, respectively). Similar placements were had at the World Cup in London the following year: 7th AA, 6th UB, 4th BB, and 6th FX. Dronova retired in 1975.

According to Simons, Dronova works as a choreographer and coach in her native Tbilisi, Georgia. She and her husband have one child, daughter Natasha.

. This page was created on February 23, 2002.


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