Evgenia Roschina was born on
December 20, 1979. Like many young Russian gymnasts of her time, Roschina
competed in the Moscow News to test her competitive readiness. She performed
well at the 1993 meet, placing a respectable 5th AA. The following year,
Roschina was deemed ready for major international competition and she
represented Russia at the 1994 World Team Championships in Dortmund. Although
she had troubles on bars and beam, she showed great promise for the future.
For example, her bars routine contained an innovative Marinich salto.
Admittedly, training at Round Lake
was pressure filled for all, but Roschina enjoyed the atmosphere. In the
British documentary Russia Now she explained, "You
need a great deal of stamina and hard work, but it's nice here. We talk
together and laugh. It's never dull. Of course it's nice at home but I miss it
here, but we've gotten used to each other." Roschina was
particularly lucky though for her parents and sister lived in nearby Moscow
and were thus able to visit her frequently.
Unfortunately, Roschina wasn't
able to break into the top ranks of the Russian team again. In 1995 a new
group of juniors emerged, many of whom (Yevgenia Kuznetsova, Oksana Ljapina,
etc.) went on to claim Olympic spots over some of the more experienced
veterans. Roschina continued in her sport however, and in 1998 she and
teammate Svetlana Bahktina travelled to the USA to partake in the Ladies
Professional Gymnastics Championships.
Roschina competed in the 1999
March Russian Championships, but after scoring above 9.0 on only one apparatus
(beam) she retired. She now lives in the USA and performs with Cirque du
Soleil's touring Alegria
show. She performs in the Russian
Bars act along former Russian National teammate Yelena
(March 3, 2001). Roschina, still with the Alegria show, does the fast track
now. Former teammate Yelena Grosheva has left Cirque.
Many thanks to
Kimberly and Blair for the updates about Evgenia's role in Alegria.
. This page was created on October 25, 2000 and last updated on March 3, 2001.