Olga Mostepanova (URS)

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1979 Jr. USSR Championships: 7th AA
1979 Jr. Friendship Tournament: 1st T, 5th AA
1979 Jr. USSR vs. ITA: 1st T, 4th AA
1980 Champions AA: 3rd AA
1980 Coca Cola Int'l: 4th AA, 3rd BB, 1st FX
1980 Jr. USSR Championships: 2nd AA
1981 Jr. Friendship Tournament: 1st T, 3rd AA
1981 Jr. USSR vs. GDR: 2nd AA
1982 Blume Memorial: 1st AA
1982 Jr. European Championships: 3rd AA, 2nd V, 7th UB, 1st BB
1982 USA vs. USSR Dual Meet: 1st T, 4th AA
1982 USSR Championships: 3rd AA, 3rd V, 2nd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd FX
1983 USSR Cup: 2nd AA
1983 Moscow News: 3rd AA, 3rd BB
1983 USA vs. USSR: 1st T, 2nd AA, 2nd V (tie), 3rd UB, 6th BB, 4th FX
1983 USSR Championships: 7th AA
1983 World Championships: 1st T, 2nd AA, 1st BB, 2nd FX
1984 Alternate Games (Olomouc): 1st T, 1st AA, 1st V, 1st BB, 1st FX
1984 USSR Championships: 2nd AA, 1st UB
1984 USSR Cup: 1st AA, 1st BB, 1st FX
1985 World Championships: 1st T

Results compiled from Gymn Forum

Mostepanova burst onto the gymnastics scene at an early age. Even at the tender age of 12, Mostepanova's graceful and "text-book" form dwarfed her competitors. 

As the silver medalist in the AA at the 1983 World Championships, Mostepanova was pegged as a favourite heading into the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles...until disaster struck. In retaliation for the US boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, the Russian government refused to send its athletes to Los Angeles and ordered the same of its satellite states. Mostepanova would NOT compete in the Olympics. In an interview with Sovetskiy Sport, when asked about how she felt about the Soviet boycott, Mostepanova responded, "You're not going to believe this, but I was even somewhat happy. I wouldn't have to listen to lecture...make any promises."

Rather than sending their gymnast to the 1984 Olympics, the Eastern Bloc Nations organized an alternate competition in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia. In this competition, known as the Alternate Games or simply Olomouc, Mostepanova performed beyond expectations scoring a perfect 40.00 in the AA and winning gold on three out of four event finals! "Only after competing... [at Olomouc] did I realize what I had missed out on by not being able to participate in the Olympic Games. Olomouc was my shining hour, my swan song," a sad Mostepanova told Sovetskiy Sport.

The following year, Mostepanova and her teammates won the team gold at the 1985 World Championships. She and teammate Baraksanova qualified to the AA, but were pulled out due to "injuries" and replaced with teammates Omelianchik and Shushunova (both of whom went on to tie for the AA title).

Although she appeared in a couple of USSR Displays through to 1986, she quickly faded into "regular" life. Against her parents wishes, Mostepanova settled down with a Muslim man, Timur. The couple proceeded to have five children: Ruslan (born in 1991), Liza (1993), Mikail (1995), Mariam (1997), and Sofia (2000). Mostepanova officially married Timur in 1997. Once opposed to Timur because of the difference in religion, it seems that the birth of the children have reconciled things in the family.

. This page was created 1999.

 

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