Anna Mirgorodskaya (UKR)

Photo used with the expressed permission of Sato Takeo of the OEFC Gallery

1993 International Japan Junior Invitational: 9th AA, 3rd V, 2nd UB
1993 European Youth Olympic Days: 1st T (?)
1995 World Championships: 5th T, 24th AA
1995 USA vs UKR: 3rd AA
1996 World Championships: 10th V (semis), 4th UB (tie; semis), 6th UB (tie; finals), 14th FX (semis)
1996 European Championships: 3rd T, 8th BB
1996 Olympics: 5th T

The majority of these results were compiled from Gymn Forum

Anna Mirgorodskaya was born on March 13, 1980 in Odessa, Ukraine. She began gymnastics relatively late, at the age of 9. It is interesting that she began at this late age for her family is a gymnastics one; throughout her career she was coached by her father, Anatoily Mirgorodskay. 

Anna's first major opportunity to represent the Ukraine came at the 1993 International Japan Junior Invitational. Her performance in the all-around was less-than-stellar, due to problems on beam and floor, but she bounced back in the apparatus finals to claim medals on vault (bronze) and bars (silver).

Anna reappeared on the international scene in 1995, competing for the first time on a world championships team. She performed well enough in Sabae to earn a spot in the all-around. She also traveled to the USA to compete in the USA vs UKR dual meet, where she picked up a bronze in the all-around.

Although she most enjoyed performing on floor, Anna was most well known for her uneven bar work. Indeed, she earned a spot in the uneven bar finals at the 1996 World Apparatus Finals in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her routine included both inverted and German giants. The latter, a clear rear pike support on hb will full circle swing backward continuing through clear rear pick support backward over hb into hang, appears as the "Mirgorodskaya" in the code a point. Anna also has a second uneven bar skill named after her, a cast 1/2 turn in handstand to L or mixed-L grip.

Anna Mirgorodskaya and Oksana Knizhnik pose for a photo at the 2000 Ukrainian Cup (OEG/Edwin Koppers, July 2000).

Anna continued to build momentum throughout the Olympic year. At the 1996 European Championships in Birmingham, England she contributed to her team's third place finish. Individually she also competed in the beam finals, placing 8th. Not surprisingly, Anna was named to the Ukraine's 1996 Olympic team. She performed well in Atlanta, particularly on bars and floor.

Anna retired following Atlanta, but has retained her ties with the Ukrainian gymnastics community, working as a choreographer and line judge.

. This page was created on December 6, 2000.


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