Shaposhnikova, Natalia (1961–)

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Shaposhnikova, Natalia (1961–)

Soviet gymnast. Name variations: Natalya Shaposhnikova. Born June 24, 1961, in Rostov-on-Don, USSR; m. Pavel Sut (gymnast).

At USSR nationals, placed 3rd (1976, 1977) and 1st (1979); won USSR Cup (1977, 1979); at World championships, won a gold for team all-around and bronze for all-around (1978); at European championships, won a gold for balance beam, silver for floor exercise, and bronze for vault and all-around (1979); at Moscow Olympics, won gold medals for vault and team all-around, a bronze medal for balance beam, and tied with East Germany's Maxi Gnauck for a bronze medal in floor exercise (1980); was the 1st female to perform giant swings on uneven bars.