Ukraine at the Olympics
Ukraine first competed at the Olympic Games in 1996, and for all Games since. In the past Ukraine athletes competed as part of the Russian Empire from 1900 up to 1912 and competed as part of the Soviet Union from 1952 up to 1998. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine was part of the Unified Team that competed in 1992.
Ukrainian Tatiana Gutsu proved to be the finest athlete of the Unified Team in 1992 as she won the women’s all-around title in women’s artistic gymnastics.
Historically speaking there a handful of competitors from Ukraine who had also represented Romania, Poland, and among other nations. Keep in mind that not all athletes are of ethnic Ukrainian decent though.
Competing as an independent nation, Ukraine is a powerhouse in gymnastics and also earned medals in different sport disciplines such as boxing, swimming, wresting and weightlifting.
Popular Ukrainian athletes include Sergey Bubka, Liliya Podkopayeva and Yana Klochkova. The six-time world champion and 1988 Olympic titlist, Bubka, shattered the men’s pole vault record 35 times and the first ever athlete to hurdle the 6-meter mark. Podkopayeva emerged as the women’s all-around champion in 1996 edition of the Olympics and considered as one of the finest gymnasts in the world of all-time. The prolific Ukrainian gymnast piled up a total of 80 medals (45 gold, 21 silver and 14 bronze). Klochkova won five medals (4 of which are gold medals from 200-m individual medley and 400-m individual medley) at the Olympics.
- In 1976, a very elaborate ruse was staged by Ukrainian athlete Boris Onischenko. For the fencing component of the modern pentathlon, he had wired his sword so that he could trigger the electronic scoring system with his hand and register a hit at will.
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