Lyudmila Turishcheva is a gymnast, four-time Olympic champion, nine-time Olympic medalist. She started doing gymnastics when she was 10 years old, and at the age of 12, she started playing for the USSR national team. At the 1968 Summer Olympics, when she was just 16, she became the Olympic champion of the USSR team and took twenty-fourth place in the overall standings. From 1970 to 1974, she dominated almost all major international competitions, winning the World Championships in the overall standings in 1970 and 1974, the European Championships in 1971 and 1973, the World Cup in 1975. She was considered the embodiment of the Soviet classical style: grace, elegance, impeccable form and strong technique. At the 1975 European Championships, Lyudmila Turishcheva won only third place in the absolute championship, but in the same year took revenge, winning the World Cup. Suffering from a back injury, Turishcheva finished her third Olympics in Montreal, winning gold in the team event for the third time. In the overall standings, she was third. Her overall Olympic achievement is 4 gold medals, three silver, and two bronze.