Natalia was the epitome of innovation!
She was a primary innovator on three of the events: the most common of vault families now, the round off entry or “Yurchenko” vault; “Tkatchev immediate Deltchev” on bars (first to connect releases like that – and it’s still rare today); and on balance beam, the “Yurchenko” loop (back handspring sideways to hip circle). Natalia really burst onto the scene in 1982 when she tied the reigning world AA champ Olga Bicherova for the gold at the world cup in Yugoslavia.

She had captured some attention earlier though with a strong performance at the 1979 USSR Spartakiade – where she first performed her Yurchenko loop on beam and a front-on and two FFs to double tuck dismount.

See also, Yurchenko Vault / Yurchenko Loop