Polina Astakhova

Polina Astakhova

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Polina Astakhova was a Ukrainian artistic gymnast from the Soviet Union. Polina Astakhova won 10 gold medals in 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics.

Early life

Polina  Grigoryevna Astakhova was born on October 30, 1936, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian SSR. Her family had to move several times, during World War II. Later, they ended up in the polar town of Severouralske. Similarly, the name of Polina’s parents is not known. And, there is no information about Astakhova’s educational background.

Astakhova was interested in artistic gymnastics, at the age of 13. She built the interest after she had watched the gymnastics championships in Donetsk.  Thus, Polina was trained in the local gymnastics sports club Shakhtyor. It was under Vladimir Alieksandrovitch Smirnov.

Death

And, Polina died on August 6, 2005, in Kyiv. Polina was only 68 years old while she passed away. Additionally, the reason for her death was pneumonia.

Career

The Russian Birch is the nickname earned by Polina in Western countries for her exceptional grace. Later, she was called Madonna, at the 1960 Olympics by the Italian journalists. Polina was on top of many international and national competitions, between 1956 and 1966 Especially, Polina Astakhova on the uneven bars apparatus event. In Between 1955 and 1968, Polina was a member of the USSR team.

For the first time, in 1954 Astakhova competed in the USSR Championships. In the same year, she made the USSR National team at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Therefore, Polina was the youngest team member and contributed to the team’s gold. Polina in all-round, at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Unfortunately, she lost a whole point for a fall on the beam.

Polina Astakhova

Caption: Polina Astakhova during her performance. Source( Instagram)

Additionally, it was the seventh routine of eight contested. Later, Polina Astakhova even did not compete that year. Likewise, she won gold, in Rome in the team competition and on the bars. And, also silver on the floor and bronze all-around. Thus, at the 1961 European Championship, she recovered. Likewise, Polina won gold medals on the bars and on the beam. In the 1964 Summer Olympics, Polina also competed.

Later, Polina Astakhova contributed to the team’s gold and also won on the bars. Also, she was second on the floor and third in the all-around. Likewise, Polina became the first gymnast to defend her Olympic gold medal in the uneven bars event. Thus, Svetlana Khorkina matched the feat of Polina in 2000. And, Aliya Mustafina matched Polina in 2016. Later, in 1972, she retired and worked as a national coach in Ukraine. In 2012, Polina was in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Achievements and Net worth

Polina Astakhova had established a successful career as a gymnastic. Therefore, she has participated in different Olympics. Moreover. Polina had received a number of medals. Undoubtedly, Polina has earned a hefty amount of money. Probably, Polina lived a lavish and luxurious life. Polina has set many records in the gymnastic field. Polina owns 10 medals in Summer Olympics. And, 5 of them are gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze.

Personal life

Polina Astakhova did not reveal any information about her personal life. Astakhova was very private when it comes to her personal life. Likewise, Polina Astakhova has not been part of any rumors and controversies. People always appreciated Plona for her contribution to gymnastics. Polina has managed her personal and professional life. Likewise, people remember Polina Astakhova.

Body measurement and social media

Polina Astakhova was very beautiful and pretty. Thus, Polina stood 5 feet 5 inches tall ( 166 cm/ 1.66 m). And, Polina Astakhova weighs around 56 kg 9123 lbs). Additionally, Polina has blonde hair color. Polina Astakhova was very flexible and maintained her physics.

Polina Astakhova is not active on any social media platforms. Undoubtedly, during that time there were no platforms. So, there are no social media accounts of Polina Astakhova.