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Dobre, Jovtchev, Korobchinsky and Lysenko Set for Hall of Fame Induction
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The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame will grow to include 91 individuals from 22 nations on May 21 in Oklahoma City. The class of 2016 comprises Aurelia Dobre (Romania), Jordan Jovtchev (Bulgaria), Igor Korobchinsky (Ukraine) and Tatiana Lysenko (Ukraine).

Bill Sorenson, who founded American Athletic, Inc., will receive the Frank Bare Award, and the 1996 women's Olympic team, which won the first gold medal for the U.S., will be honored as special guests at the 20th annual induction dinner.

Dobre stole the show at the 1987 World Championships in Rotterdam, where she became the first Romanian all-around champion. She also led her team to an upset victory over the Soviet Union, and won a third gold medal in the balance beam final.

Jovtchev will be remembered as the first (and only) male gymnast to compete in six Olympic Games (1992-2012), in which he won four medals. In 16 World Championships, however, he earned 13 medals, including four golds.

Korobchinsky made his mark in 1989, when he won the USSR Cup in April, the European Championships in May, the USSR Nationals in September and, finally, the World Championships in October.

Lysenko's career included two gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (team, balance beam), and medals in three consecutive World Championships: 1991 (team gold); 1992 (floor bronze); and 1993 (all-around bronze). Her most impressive competition, however, might have been the 1990 World Cup, where she defeated reigning world champion Svetlana Boginskaya for the all-around gold.

Read complete coverage of the induction ceremony in the June issue of International Gymnast.

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