Olympic champion and legendary gymnast Elena Shushunova died last night at the age of 49.

Russian Gymnastics Federation said in a press release that the Soviet gymnast died of complications from pneumonia last night after being rushed to the hospital.

Shushunova was one of the most successful gymnasts having won the grand slam of All-Around titles: Olympics (1988), World Championships (1985), European Championships (1985). She was renowned for pioneering complex skills as well as for her explosive and dynamic tumbling and high consistency.

She had two skills named after her, on the uneven bars and on balance beam. Her bars skill, swing forward with half turn – further half turn to counter straddle in flight over high bar, was previously rated a G and has been downgraded to an E.

Written by Gigi Farid



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