Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast
Svetlana Khorkina is a Russian gymnast, seven-time Olympic medalist, and a former deputy of the Russian State Duma (between 2007–2011). She is one of the most successful female gymnasts of her era.
Svetlana was born on January 19, 1979 in Belgorod.
During her career, she won 47 World, Olympic and European medals. Khorkina won 10 (7 Gold, 3 Silver) medals at major All-Around Championships, more than any other gymnast.
Khorkina is known for being a “diva,” but she has embraced such charges, stating “I don’t mind. I wouldn’t have been called a diva or a queen if I wasn’t creative.”
Her most successful apparatus was the uneven bars, where she won a total of two Olympic and five World Championships titles between 1995 and 2001. She was also the first gymnast to win three all-around titles at the World Championships.
She posed nude (topless) for the Russian version of Playboy in November 1997 and posed for the Russian version of Maxim right before the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
In December 2004 Khorkina became vice-president of the Russian artistic gymnastics federation.
On March 12, 2007 in her native city of Belgorod, the sport complex of the Belgorod State University was opened. The complex was named after Khorkina. At the front of the complex there is a statue of her as well.
Her autobiography was published on April 22, 2008, entitled Somersaults On High Heels. Her second book, which focuses on fitness and avoiding sport injuries, was released in May 2009 (Title: Fitness as a hobby and bodies). She was an ambassador of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Khorkina was a member of the political party of United Russia since 2003. She was elected as a member of the United Russia party to the Russian State Duma in 2007. She was a deputy chairwoman of the Duma’s Youth Affairs Committee. She lost her seat after the legislative election in 2011.
She gave birth to her first child, son named Svyatoslav, on July 21, 2005 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, thus giving her child American citizenship.
On May 2, 2011 Russian tabloid newspaper Express Gazeta reported, that Khorkina married 55-year-old former FSB general, Oleg Konchev.