Boginskaya, Svetlana (1973—)

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Boginskaya, Svetlana (1973—)

Belarus gymnast. Name variations: Svetlana Boguinskaia. Born on February 9, 1973, in Belarus, in the Soviet Union.

While competing for Russia in Seoul, Korea, in 1988, gymnast Svetlana Boginskaya, won a bronze medal in the all-around individual, a silver medal in the floor exercises, a team gold in the all-around, and a gold medal in the horse vault. Throughout the competition, she toted Jack, a stuffed puppy, under one arm and a book under the other. In 1991, with her balletic grace, Boginskaya was named world all-around champion, then lost her title to Kim Zmeskal , in a highly touted rivalry, in 1992.

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Boginskaya competed for the Unified Team in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992, winning team gold in the all-around. In 1996, she participated in the Atlanta Olympics representing Belarus but failed to medal.