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  • Thomas Bach awards Silver Olympic Order to Irina Viner-Usmanova


    Irina Viner-Usmanova, President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation and head coach of Russia has been awarded the Silver Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, in recognition of her outstanding achievements in global sport and dedication to the Olympic values. The ceremony took place as part of a visit to Moscow by Thomas Bach, and also at the ceremony was Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Olympic Orders are awarded by the IOC for services to the Olympic movement and previous recipients include Sebastian Coe, Steffi Graf, Jesse Owens and Nadia Com─âneci, as well as Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela and Indira Gandhi.

    Irina Viner-Usmanova has trained numerous famous gymnasts, including Evgenia Kanaeva, the first woman in history to win the Olympic gold medal twice in the individual all-around competition. She has also coached Olympic champions Alina Kabaeva and Yulia Barsukova, silver medal winners Daria Dmitrieva, Irina Tchachina and Yana Batyrshina, and many others.

    Irina Viner-Usmanova’s pupils have won eight Olympic gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes. Since 2000, Russia’s rhythmic gymnasts have won Olympic gold in the individual and group all-around competitions on every

    Ms. Viner-Usmanova has headed the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation since 2008. In 2013, she defended her PhD thesis on “Integrated Coaching in Rhythmic Gymnastics”.

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