Natalia Lipkovskaya

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Natalia Lipkovskaya
Nickname(s) Natasha
Country represented  Russia
Born (1979-04-26) 26 April 1979 (age 40)
Hometown Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast[1]
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level Senior Elite
Club Krasnoyarsk Dynamo
Head coach(es) Irina Viner
Assistant coach(es) Olga Buyanova
Retired yes

Natalia Lipkovskaya (Russian: Наталья Викторовна Липковская, born 26 April 1979) is a Russian retired individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 1997 World All-around silver medalist and the 1997 Grand Prix Final All-around champion. She was coached by Olga Buyanova.

Personal life

Lipkovskaya holds a degree in psychology.[2] She now works as a psychologist working for the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation.


Lipkovskaya began gymnastics training in 1983. She trained at the Dynamo Krasnoyarsk club, coached by Olga Buyanova. She was second in the national championship in 1993 and 1995.[1]

Lipkovskaya made her first international appearance at the 1995 tournament in Corbeil-Essonnes, ranking 7th. At the 1995 World championship in Vienna, she was included on the 1995 Russian team. Although Lipkovskaya won a team gold medal, she did not yet win an individual medal as opposed to her more experienced and recognized teammates Amina Zaripova and Yanina Batyrchina.

In 1996, Lipkovskaya won an international tournament in Portugal and a bronze in one event at the European championship, but missed the 1996 Summer Olympics in favor of her higher-ranking teammates. The Russian national team head coach, Irina Viner, opted to send then-Russian number one and number two Batyrchina and Zaripova to the Olympic competition in Atlanta.

In 1997, following the injury of Amina Zaripova, Lipkovskaya led the Russian national team at the 1997 World championship in Berlin, scoring two gold (hoop and team), three silver (All-around, rope, ribbon) and one bronze (in clubs). She was ranked second in the All-around finals behind Ukrainian Olena Vitrychenko. Lipkovskaya then became the 1997 Grand Prix Final champion in Deventer, Netherlands and in the event finals, she won gold in (rope, hoop); silvers in (clubs, ribbon).

Early in 1998, she began her first in a series of treatments for a recurring back injury—an injury many[who?] believe was caused by the increasing pressure on gymnasts to display more back flexibility. After several hospital stays and a short-lived return to the gym, she decided to end her career.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Natalya Lipkovskaya page". International Federation of Gymnastics. Archived from the original on 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  2. ^ "Interview with Irina Viner, November 2005 (in Russian)". Retrieved 2008-10-24.
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