Raisa Gorokhovskaya (RUS)
2012 Honor Diver
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS (DIVER): 1992 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (1m, 3m), silver (tower); 1998 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (1m, 3m, tower); 2002 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold) 3m, tower), silver (1m); 2004 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (1m, tower), bronze (3m); 2005 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (1m, 3m, tower); 2006 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (1m, 3m, tower); 2008 FINA MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (1m, tower), silver (3m); 2009 WORLD MASTERS GAMES: gold (1m, tower), silver (3m).
She began diving in 1937, the platform was her favorite event. This year, she won her second world title against IMSHOF Honoree, Ibone Belausteguigoitia. Her dives are technical and precise, a result of acquired qualities as a teacher of gymnastics in a sports school in Moscow. “Give heart to the kids and keep it a bit for yours” is her motto.
Raisa Gorokhovskaya competed in the 1956 Olympic Games, placing 9th in the 10 meter platform competition behind ISHOF Honorees, Pat McCormick, Juno Stover-Irwin and Paula Jean Myers-Pope. She also completed in the 1960 Olympic Games, bettering her place to a 5th place, also on the 10 meter platform.
Raisa began her international masters career at the 1992 World Masters Games in the 60-64 age group and is currently competing in the 80-84 group. She dives equally well on one meter, three meter and platform tower. In her eight international competitions, she has won seven gold and one silver in 1 meter, five gold and two silver and one bronze in three meter and seven gold and one silver in tower events, for a total of 19 gold, four silver and one bronze medals. At her 2006 championships in Stanford, she was the only competitor in the 70-74 age group.
Today, Raisa is eighty years old. She has had a 75-year career in the sport, with over 100 international medals. She has recorded her journey with a a collection of stamps from around the world where she has participated in diving competition.