Maria Filatova

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Maria Filatova
Full nameMariya Yevgenyevna Filatova
Country representedFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Born (1961-07-19) July 19, 1961 (age 60)
Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Rochester, New York, U.S.
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Years on national team1974–82 (URS)
Medal record
Representing Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Olympic rings.svg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1976 Montreal Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1980 Moscow Team
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1980 Moscow Uneven Bars
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1978 Strasbourg Team
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1981 Moscow Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1979 Fort Worth Team
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1981 Moscow All-Around
World Cup Final
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1977 OviedoAll-Around
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1977 OviedoFloor Exercise
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1978 Sao PauloAll-Around
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1978 Sao PauloFloor Exercise
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1977 OviedoVault
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1977 OviedoUneven Bars
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1980 TorontoBalance Beam
European Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1977 Prague Floor Exercise
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1977 Prague Balance Beam

Maria Evgenievna Filatova (Russian : Мария Евгеньевна Филатова) (born July 19, 1961) is a retired Soviet gymnast who competed at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics.



Filatova began competing for the USSR junior team in 1974. In 1976 she placed fourth at the USSR National Championships and competed well in various international events.

Filatova was originally named as an alternate to the Soviet team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. However, during podium training, she received such a positive reaction from the crowd that she was added to the team roster. She shared in the team gold medal and was ranked ninth overall after the team competition. Because four of her teammates scored higher than she did and only three gymnasts per team were allowed to compete in the all-around, she did not advance to the AA finals in spite of her high placement.

Following the Olympics and the retirements of several high-profile gymnasts, including Ludmilla Tourischeva and Olga Korbut, Filatova emerged as one of the leaders of the Soviet team. She won the World Cup in 1977 and 1978; the USSR Nationals in 1977, and the Riga International meet in 1977 and 1979. At the 1980 Olympics, Filatova served as the lead-off gymnast on several events and contributed to the team's gold medal. She continued to the 1981 World Championships, where she was the silver medalist in the all-around.

British journalist David Hunn referred to Filatova as a "fifteen-year-old in the Korbut tradition." As Korbut, Filatova was known for her enthusiastic, expressive floor exercise routines and her difficult acrobatic skills. She was one of the first female gymnasts to successfully compete a double back somersault on floor in 1975.

Following her retirement in 1982, Filatova worked for several years with the British Gymnastics Federation (in Belfast) before moving to the United States. She now lives and coaches in Rochester, New York.

Achievements (non-Olympic)

YearEventAATeam VT UB BB FX
1976USSR Championships3rd
1977World Cup1st2nd2nd1st
European Championships3rd1st
USSR Championships1st1st2nd
1978World Cup1st1st
World Championships 1st
USSR Championships1st1st
USSR Cup1st
1979 World Championships 2nd
Universiade 2nd1st1st1st1st
USSR Championships2nd2nd
1980World Cup2nd
1981 World Championships 2nd1st
Universiade 2nd

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