Natalia Laschenova was the youngest
member of the 1988 Soviet Olympic Team. She won a gold medal with
her team and finished 5th in the AA. At the 1989 Worlds many saw
Laschenova as clearly the best gymnast on the floor. She came second
in the AA but to many her combination of power, grace, difficulty and strenght
were unmatched. She competed in the 1990 Goodwill Games and 1991
World University Games but did not return to world or Olympic competition.
Her trademark skills include the best full twisting Yrchenko of all times,
a layout to two feet that puts the chinese to shame, double layout backhandspring
stradle jump punch front to double back combination, and although she never
competed it, she was training a triple back.