Svetlana Khorkina is a Russian gymnast, seven-time Olympic medalist, and a former deputy of the Russian State Duma (from 2007 to 2011). The athlete is Honored Master of Sports of Russia (1995). She is one of the most successful female gymnasts of her era. 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. Also she was the first gymnast to win three all-around titles at the World Championships.
By the way, 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.”
Pretty girl was born on January 19, 1979 in Belgorod. The parents of the sportswoman are from Mordovia. They came to Belgorod to work, but stayed there for a long time. Her father worked as a builder, and mother was a nurse in a kindergarten.
It was a neighbor who advised Svetlana’s mother to take her 4-year-old daughter to a sports school, recommending a gymnastics section. The woman liked the idea, and little Svetlana began to attend classes.