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Svetlana Khorkina

Svetlana Khorkina (born January 19, 1979 in Belgorod) is by far Russia’s most successful female gymnast since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Not only is she the winner of several world championship and Olympic medals, she is aslo famous (or infamous) for her attitude. She posed for the Russian edition of Playboy as well as rejoiced in being considered the ultimate gymnastic diva. At the 2000 Olympics she refused to re-attempt her vaults in the All-Around competition (having fallen on her first attempt) after it became clear that the apparatus had been set at the wrong height.

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