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Russian Coach Boris Pilkin Dies at Age 82
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Russian gymnastics coach Boris Pilkin, who guided the legendary Svetlana Khorkina to world and Olympic gold, died Thursday. He was 82.

Russian coach Boris Pilkin, mastermind behind the career of three-time world champion Svetlana Khorkina, died Thursday in Belgorod. He was 82.

"It's terrible," Khorkina told Russian media Thursday. "It's an untimely loss of this decent and good man."

Pilkin coached Khorkina, the three-time world and European all-around champion, from her first days in gymnastics. While other coaches wanted the lanky young Khorkina to do rhythmic gymnastics, Pilkin saw great potential in her. He devised an alternative training method and unique skills that suited her physique.

Khorkina, who won back-to-back Olympic titles on uneven bars in 1996 and 2000, has more skills named after her than any other gymnast. She retired after her third Olympics in 2004, and is now a deputy in the Russian Duma and vice president of the Russian Gymnastics Federation.

"He will remain forever in my memory and my heart, my friend in battle," she said. "He did a lot for Russian sport, and for me personally. If not for Boris, I don't know what my life and sports career would have been like."

Pilkin died one day after the Russian women won their first-ever world team title.

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briohnyg said:

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This is very sad. R.I.P Boris Pilkin. Great man.
 
October 21, 2010
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Lora said:

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Rest in peace Boris. smilies/cry.gif
 
October 21, 2010
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Kraisorn said:

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RIP Boris, I always remember that you are with Khorkina everytime.
 
October 21, 2010
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Ary said:

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He has been the best coach in the world cuz he trained a girl with a difficult character and make her win. I wish he knew about the title yesterday so he can rest in peace at last.
 
October 21, 2010
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becca said:

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Aw, RIP Boris. Did he know that they won yesterday?
 
October 21, 2010
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Z from BP said:

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According to Svetlana he watched the team finals went to bed; slept; and during sleep he died.
 
October 21, 2010
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khorkina fan said:

October 21, 2010
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Kristin said:

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Very, very sad! However, what a nice way to leave the world like he did. Did he die from an illness or was it high age? The article doesn't say anything about that... Thank you Boris Pilkin for giving us such a great gymnast, actually a legend, as Svetlana Khorina. May you rest in peace!
 
October 21, 2010
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Aniela said:

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I am at least happy he had the chance to live to see Russia win there first worlds. I will and hope others will remember Boris Pilkin as one of the most outstanding coaches in the sport. Svetlana became, in my opinion, the best gymnast ever. No one will ever match her artistry and uniqueness and it's because of Boris that the world got to see such a talent. My heart goes out to the Pilkin family and the Russian Federation for their loss.

Hopefully, IG will honor Pilkin with a tribute. Would be nice to see some of those old pictures.
 
October 21, 2010
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Aniela said:

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I am at least happy he had the chance to live to see Russia win there first worlds. I will and hope others will remember Boris Pilkin as one of the most outstanding coaches in the sport. Svetlana became, in my opinion, the best gymnast ever. No one will ever match her artistry and uniqueness and it's because of Boris that the world got to see such a talent. My heart goes out to the Pilkin family and the Russian Federation for their loss.

Hopefully, IG will honor Pilkin with a tribute. Would be nice to see some of those old pictures.
 
October 21, 2010
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Mustafina Fan from London said:

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Very, very sad to hear the news. I was always a fan of him as a coach. RIP Boris- you were a legend and will be missed.
 
October 24, 2010
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