Larisa Latynina

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Larisa Semyonovna Latynina (Лариса Семенівна Латиніна, Лари́са Семёновна Латы́нина; née Diriy; born 27 December 1934) is a former Soviet artistic gymnast from southern Ukrainian SSR. Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals.wikipedia
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Between 1956 and 1964 she won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals.

1954 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

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At the age of 19, she debuted internationally at the 1954 Rome World Championships, winning the gold medal in the team competition.

Věra Čáslavská

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Latynina won all-around titles at the 1962 World Championships, beating Věra Čáslavská of Czechoslovakia.
Čáslavská is the most decorated Czech gymnast in history and is one of only two female gymnasts, along with Soviet Larisa Latynina, to win the all-around gold medal at two consecutive Olympics.

List of multiple Olympic gold medalists

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Latynina's nine gold medals makes her second on the list of most Olympic gold medalists.

1958 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

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After a very successful World Championships in 1958 (winning five out of six titles despite competing whilst four months pregnant and [[List of females who medaled on every event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships|medaling in every event]]), Latynina was the favorite for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

Kherson

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She first practiced ballet, but turned to gymnastics after her choreographer moved out of Kherson.

1962 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

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Latynina won all-around titles at the 1962 World Championships, beating Věra Čáslavská of Czechoslovakia.

1964 Summer Olympics

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Still the defending World Champion at the 1964 Summer Olympics, she was beaten by Čáslavská in the all-around competition.

List of multiple Olympic gold medalists at a single Games

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Eight female gymnasts have won at least eight medals at the Olympic Games: Larisa Latynina (18), Věra Čáslavská (11), Ágnes Keleti (10), Polina Astakhova (10), Nadia Comăneci (9), Ludmilla Tourischeva (9), Margit Korondi (8), and Sofia Muratova (8).

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1966 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

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Latynina retired after the 1966 World Championships and became a coach for the Soviet national gymnastics team, a position she held until 1977.

List of Olympic female gymnasts for the Soviet Union

Eight Soviet female gymnasts won at least six medals at the Olympic Games: Larisa Latynina (18), Polina Astakhova (10), Ludmilla Tourischeva (9), Sofia Muratova (8), Maria Gorokhovskaya (7), Nellie Kim (6), Olga Korbut (6), and Tamara Manina (6).

List of top female medalists at major artistic gymnastics events

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After a very successful World Championships in 1958 (winning five out of six titles despite competing whilst four months pregnant and [[List of females who medaled on every event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships|medaling in every event]]), Latynina was the favorite for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
The Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina was the first to achieve this feat and is so far the only gymnast to have been world champion in every event.

Olympic Order

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1989: Olympic Order (silver), International Olympic Committee

Artistic gymnastics

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Larisa Latynina, the first great Soviet gymnast, won her first Olympic all-around medal at age 22 and second at 26; she became world champion in 1958 while pregnant with her daughter.

Gold medal

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She holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals by a gymnast, male or female, with 9.

Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

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She was born as Larisa Semyonovna Diriy in Soviet Ukraine.

Battle of Stalingrad

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Her father was killed at the Battle of Stalingrad, where he served as a machine gun operator.

Kiev

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She graduated from high school in 1953, and moved to Kiev.

Burevestnik (sports society)

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She attended the Lenin Polytechnic Institute, and continued her training at the Burevestnik Voluntary Sports Society.

Voluntary Sports Societies of the Soviet Union

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She attended the Lenin Polytechnic Institute, and continued her training at the Burevestnik Voluntary Sports Society.

1956 Summer Olympics

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At the 1956 Summer Olympics, she competed with Ágnes Keleti of Hungary to become the most successful gymnast of the Olympics.