Sport: Gymnastics Inducted: 2002 Country: CIS/Russia Born: June 23, 1975, in Kherson, Ukraine.
Just 15 years old and a shade under 4’7” tall,
Tatiana Lysenko won the All-Around event at the 1990 World
Cup––#1 on Uneven Bars, #3 Floor Exercises, and
#4 Vault and Balance Beam. Two years later, the 70-pound
Ukrainian champion won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Barcelona
Games. She captured gold medals in the Balance Beam and Team
events, and a bronze medal in the Vault.
In 1991, Lysenko and her "Unified" (CIS) team won
the gold medal at the World Championships despite Tatiana
breaking several fingers during her Uneven Bars routine.
At the 1993 World Championships, her third place-bronze finish
in the All-Around earned Unified’s only competition
Following the Barcelona Olympics, Lysenko entered Ukrainian
State University of Sport and Physical Education, making
her eligible to compete in the 1993 World University Games.
Tatiana won the Individual All-Around and Balance Beam gold
and she and Natalia Kalinina led Unified to a Team
After her University graduation in 1996 (B.S. Physical Education),
Lysenko emigrated to the United States and has held several
coaching positions, including stints at the Woodward Gymnastics
Camp and Berks Gymnastics in Reading, Pennsylvania. In recent
years, she produced Flip Gymnastics Video Magazine, a quarterly
magazine on video.