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Russia's First World Individual Medalist Gymnast Dies of Cancer At 36 Years Old

Sad news! It was reported that Russia's first World individual medalist gymnast Natalia Bobrova has passed away last Thursday.  ...

Sad news!

It was reported that Russia's first World individual medalist gymnast Natalia Bobrova has passed away last Thursday. 

The late former Russian gymnast was battling stomach cancer which she was being treated from in Novosibirsk before moving to Tel Aviv for medical care, where experts had hopes for a remission.

According to a post on Vk, she fought the illness to the very end but unfortunately surgery and chemotherapy did not work.

Bobrova left our world five months away from her 37th birthday leaving two young children behind. 

Twenty two years ago, she competed at the first World championships where the nations which formed the Soviet Union competed under their own state. She won a bronze medal on floor exercise thus becoming the first female gymnast from independent Russia to win a medal at Worlds.

She suffered from a series of injuries afterwards. Nevertheless, she earned a spot on the Russian team at 1995 Worlds. The competition was a nightmare for the Russians as they finished out of the podium for the first time in their history. 

Natalia did not make the 1996 Olympic team. Her coach said that it was only because of fatigue that she wasn't selected for the team, the reason which he believed broke her.

Last month, her compatriot and 2004 Olympic gymnastics bronze medalist Maria Kryuchkova died at the age of 26 years old.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid




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