Svetlana Zelepukina (UKR)


Competitive Results:

1995 USA vs Ukraine: 5th AA
1995 Worlds: 5th T
1995 Moscow Stars: 14th AA
1996 American Cup: 15th AA
1996 International Mixed Pairs: 3rd T
1996 Ukraine Cup: 1st AA
1996 World Championships: 15th V (prelims), 9th V (semis) 24th BB (prelims)
1996 Olympics: 5th T, 23rd AA
1996 Australian Cup: 13th AA


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Svetlana Zelepukina was born on August 16, 1980 in Kirovograd, Ukraine. She began gymnastics at age 8, and was coached by Oleksandra Sirenko throughout her elite career. Svetlana played a short - but prominent - role on the Ukrainian National team. 

In 1995 Svetlana competed in her first World Championships. She gained valuable experience in Sabae, Japan, contributing to her team's fifth place finish. That same year she represented the Ukraine in the USA (1995 USA vs UKR: 5th AA) and Russia (1995 Moscow News: 14th AA). 

By 1996, Svetlana enjoyed a prominent role on the Ukrainian team, indeed she won the 1996 Ukrainian Cup! Leading up to the Olympics, Svetlana traveled once again to the USA, this time to compete at the 1996 American Cup (15th AA) and International Mixed Pairs meet (3rd team). Svetlana was also one of three Ukrainians (along with Liubov Sheremeta and Anna Mirgorodskaya) chosen to compete in the World Apparatus Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Svetlana represented the Ukraine on vault (15th prelims, 9th semis) and balance beam (24th prelims). In Atlanta, at the 1996 Olympics, the Ukrainians finished fifth place as a team. Svetlana also competed in the all-around competition, finishing 23rd.  

After the Olympics, Svetlana was chosen to travel to Australia for the Australian Cup. She placed 13th AA. Svetlana would have continued competing past the Olympic year, but sadly was forced to retire in 1997 after she lost most of her eyesight in one eye. She now coaches gymnastics in the Ukraine.

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