Kushnir, Natalia : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Kushnir, Natalia

Sport:
volleyball

Country Represented:
Soviet Union

Years Competed:
1976

Medals Received:
silver

Olympic Info:
Kushnir was a member of the Soviet Union's volleyball team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. During the competition, the Soviets defeated South Korea (3-1), Cuba (3-1), and East Germany (3-2) in their preliminary group to advance to the semifinals. They went on to defeat Hungary (3-0) to reach the final match, where they lost in straight sets to Japan (7-15, 8-15, 2-15) and were awarded the silver medal. One of Kushnir's teammates was Larysa Bergen.

Career Highlights:
Kushnir was a member of the Soviet Union's gold medal-winning women's volleyball team at the 1971 European Championships.

Birth and Death Dates:
unknown

Origin:
unknown


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References:
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
New York Times, July 19-July 30, 1976


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