Valentina Rastvorova

Valentyna Ksenofontivna Rastvorova (17 July 1933 – 24 August 2018) was a Soviet fencer who competed at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics in the individual and team foil events. She won a team gold and individual silver medals in 1960, and team silver medal in 1964.[1] She also won six gold and two silver medals at the world championships of 1956–1967, mostly in the team foil.[2]

Valentina Rastvorova
Valentina Rastvorova 1960.jpg
Rastvorova at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Birth nameВалентина Ксенофонтовна Растворова
Валентина Ксенофонтівна Растворова
Born(1933-07-17)17 July 1933
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died24 August 2018(2018-08-24) (aged 85)
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Spouse(s)Boris Grishin
ChildrenYevgeny Grishin (son)
Yelena Grishina (daughter)
RelativesSergey Bida (grandson)
ClubDynamo Moscow

In 1956 Rastvorova graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism. After retiring from competitions she worked as a fencing coach at her club Dynamo Moscow.[2][3]

She was married to Boris Grishin, an Olympic water polo player. Their son, Yevgeny Grishin, is an Olympic champion in water polo.[1] Her daughter, Yelena Grishina, made it to the finals of the Olympics in foil in 1992 and 1988.[4] Her grandson, Sergey Bida, is a world champion epee fencer. [5]


  1. ^ a b "Valentina Rastvorova". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Растворова Валентина Ксенофонтовна. Great Soviet Encyclopedia
  3. ^ Большая олимпийская энциклопедия. Том 2. О–Я. ЛитРес. 5 September 2017. p. 545. ISBN 978-5-04-049811-6.
  4. ^ Chirashnya, Igor. "Parenting Insight from Elena Grishina, Champion Fencing Mom of the World's #1 Epee Fencer, Sergey Bida". Academy of Fencing Masters. Academy of Fencing Masters.
  5. ^ "Sergey Bida". FIE. FIE. Retrieved 27 July 2020.