Natalia Lashchenova

Natalia Vasiliyevna Laschenova (Russian: Наталья Васильевна Лащенова) (born September 16, 1973 in Jelgava, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union)[1] is a retired Soviet gymnast. Laschenova competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Laschenova is best known for her difficult skills, deceptive power, strong technique and highly expressive dance.

Natalia Laschenova
Country represented Soviet Union
Born (1973-09-16) September 16, 1973 (age 49)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
ClubDynamo Riga

Early careerEdit

Laschenova had started gymnastics at the age of 6, reaching the international gymnastics scene at age 12 with her first competition, the 1985 Riga International. Laschenova did well, placing 2nd in the all around, 2nd on vault and 1st on balance beam. Laschenova continued to compete internationally at the 1986 Belgian Gym Masters, 1986 Moscow News and 1987 US vs USSR.[2]


Laschenova competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics, contributing to a team gold medal for the Soviet Union and placing 5th in the all around.[3] The following year she competed at the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, where she won a silver medal in the all around along with a gold medal with the team.

Post 1989Edit

Laschenova was hampered in 1990 by an injury. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Latvia did not compete with most of the former Soviet states as the Unified Team meaning that Laschenova would be unable to make the 1992 Summer Olympics. She retired in 1991.[3]

Recent NewsEdit

In 2010 it was reported that Laschenova and her family were facing deportation from the United States, where she now lives in Marysville, Ohio and coaches in Hilliard, Ohio.[4]

Competitive HistoryEdit

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1985 Riga International      
1986 Belgian Gym Masters          
Junior Friendship Tournament (Druzhba)          
Moscow News 4    
Riga International    
Riga-Rostock Dual Meet        
USSR Spartikade  
1987 Kraft International 8  
Riga International  
USA-USSR Dual Meet    
USSR Championships 5
1988 DTB Cup 4 4 5  
European Cup      
Golden Sands International  
Hungarian International          
Kosice Cup  
USA-USSR Dual Meet   7
USSR Cup 3
Seoul Olympic Games   5
1989 Chunichi Cup  
DTB Cup        
Joachim Blume Memorial  
Konica Cup          
Moscow News 5
Tokyo Cup    
USSR Championships  
USSR Cup 9
Stuttgart World Championships     4
1990 DTB Cup   5 5   4
Gander Memorial  
Moscow News    
Swiss Cup  
USA-USSR Dual Meet    
1991 University Games   5      
World Sports Fair 5   5 8


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Natālija Laščonova". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Whatever happened to Natalia Laschenova?". Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "The Games of 24th Olympiad- Women's". GymnasticsResults. Archived from the original on 12 July 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  4. ^ Miller, Tim. "Government paperwork keeping gymnast, family from national honors, citizenship". April 25, 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Natalia Laschenova (USSR)". Gymn Forum. 5 January 2022. Retrieved 26 July 2022.