Natalia Lavrova

Natalia Aleksandrovna Lavrova (Russian: Наталья Александровна Лаврова, 4 August 1984 – 23 April 2010) was a dual Olympic gold medalist. Lavrova was the first group rhythmic gymnast to win two gold medals in the rhythmic gymnastics group event at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

Natalia Lavrova
Full nameNatalia Aleksandrovna Lavrova
Country represented Russia
Born(1984-08-04)4 August 1984
Penza, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died23 April 2010(2010-04-23) (aged 25)
Penza Oblast, Russia
HometownPenza
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
Head coach(es)Irina Viner
Former coach(es)Olga Stebeneva
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Group Rhythmic Gymnastics
Olympic Games
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Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Group All-around
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Group All-around
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 New Orleans Group All-around
Gold medal – first place 2003 Budapest Group All-around
Gold medal – first place 2003 Budapest 5 Ribbons
Gold medal – first place 2003 Budapest 2 Balls + 3 Hoops
Silver medal – second place 2002 New Orleans 5 Ribbons
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Geneva Group All-around
Gold medal – first place 2001 Geneva 10 Clubs
Gold medal – first place 2003 Riesa Group All-around
Gold medal – first place 2003 Riesa 5 Ribbons
World Cup Final
Gold medal – first place 2004 Moscow 5 Ribbons
Gold medal – first place 2004 Moscow 2 Balls + 3 Hoops

Life and careerEdit

Lavrova was born in Penza, Soviet Union. Her first coach was Olga Stebeneva at the Dinamo club in her hometown of Penza.

Lavrova died in a car accident in Penza Oblast in 2010. She was a passenger in a car driven by her pregnant sister Olga Popova (Ольга Попова) who also died in the collision with another vehicle near Penza, some 600 kilometers south-east of Moscow.[1] The car (VAZ 2114) was completely destroyed by fire after the accident.[2] The driver of the other car was injured.[3][4]

Detailed Olympic resultsEdit

Year Competition Description Location Music [5] Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2004 Olympics Athens Group All-around 51.100 49.875
Mona Lisa Overdrive music from The Matrix Reloaded
by Don Davis & Juno Reactor
5 Ribbons 25.300 24.700
Ironside (excerpt) / White,
Crane Lightning / Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
music from Kill Bill
by Quincy Jones / RZA / Santa Esmeralda
3 Hoops / 2 Balls 25.800 25.175

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Monument to Natalia Lavrova to be erected in Penza". sportcom.ru. 26 April 2010.
  2. ^ (in Russian)Двукратную олимпийскую чемпионку Наталью Лаврову похоронят в воскресенье в Пензе
  3. ^ "Olympic Champ Natalia Lavrova Dies in Car Accident". New York Times. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Gymnastic Olympic champ dies in car crash". Voice of Russia. 23 April 2010. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Russia Group RG music list". rgforum. Retrieved 18 December 2020.

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