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    Posted on February 14, 2012 by Selby

     



    Larisa Latynina Olympic Memorabilia

    Latynina Russian record breaking Gymnast, 9 times Gold Medal winner, is probably the world’s most successful Athlete certainly she is the most decorated Olympian ever.

    .Latynina born in Kherson Ukraine U.S.S.R. in 1934 is the only female to win 9 Olympic gold medals. Her overall tally is 18 medals which beats all other sports competitors. She holds 14 individual medals which is another first.

    Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is popular with Collectors as there are so many memorable events associated with her career, her legendary achievements make her sought after by fans and Collectors alike.

    Latynina’s first became interested in ballet but as her routine was intermingled with Gymnastics her talents soon became obvious and she was encouraged devote her attentions towards Gymnastic routines. It was whilst at Lenin Polytechnic that she began training at the BVSS, making her international debut in the Rome World Championships in 1954; off to a fine start she won Gold in the team competition.

    Latynina began training at 12 and became a champion at 22 interestingly the 10 years of intense training is still around the same time put in by modern athletes, the difference being that now they start training earlier and achieve their ambition often in their teens.

    The 1953 National Schools Gymnastics Championship was her first landmark, she took 14th place then came the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, as part of the Soviet Women’s Gymnastic team, Latynina won 6 medals, 4 Gold a silver and a Bronze plus 1 Gold for team competition.

    It is to her credit to say that Latynina dominated female Gymnastics between 1956 -1964.

    Interestingly the 1956 Summer Olympics were held at the height of the cold war so I would imagine that America and the USSR would both have had a keen political interest of one upmanship regarding training facilities and results.  I don’t personally involve myself in the politics of these events but can certainly see how they could play out.

    Latyninas evident talent was by now attracting a lot of Media attention and she was becoming something of a National Heroine in the Soviet Union, this was consolidated by her continued success in the 1957 European Championships where she won every event that she competed in, the following year she repeated her success with the exception of the Vault. Having missed the 1959 Events she rebounded in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome winning 6 more Medals, 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. She shared the accolades on that occasion with Muhammad Ali who is another favourite with Memorabilia Collectors.

    The 1961 European Championships again saw Latynina win Gold in Floor exercise, All Around and Silver on Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, she followed up in the 1962 World Championship with 3 Golds and 2 Silver and one Bronze.  In 1964 at the Tokyo Olympic Games, she marked her final Olympic appearance in usual style with yet another amazing performance, 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, the following year in the 1965 European Championship she walked off with 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal.

    Finally in the 1966 World Championship she was awarded 1 Silver Medal.

    Latyninas list of awarded Medals:

    Olympic Games Medals:           Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    World Championship:             Gold 9, Silver 5, Bronze 4

    European Championship:       Gold 7, Silver 6, Bronze 1

    Latynina Olympic Memorabilia is very collectable from all events in which she has competed, early Collectables are always popular, the 1953 National schools Gymnastics Championship would feature in this category. Presentations signed or otherwise are more in demand when associated with memorable occasions, the 1956 / 1960 /1964 Olympics would be particularly significant.

    Typically Olympic Gymnastics Memorabilia would include signed apparel, signed presentations, photographs, autographs, event tickets, programmes, brochures and apparatus, signed periodicals and magazines, autographed fans of the game cards, Pins and participation Medals

    In 1985 Latynina was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

    In 1989 Latynina was honoured with the Olympic Order by the IOC.

    In 1998 Latynina was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

    Following her retirement from competition in 1966 Latynina became Coach to the next generation of Soviet Gymnasts, later becoming Director of Gymnastics for the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow
    Tony Selby
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