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Author`s name Ольга Савка

Russia's most successful female gymnast gives birth to American Georgian

The world-known Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina disclosed her private secret when she was eight months pregnant

Russia's most successful female gymnast to date, three-time world champion on gymnastics, Svetlana Khorkina, was trying to conceal her pregnancy as long as she could. The athlete urgently left for the USA a month and a half ago; she did not even have time to register her vacation in the Federation of Artistic Gymnastics, in which she takes the position of the Vice President.

Svetlana Khorkina gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday. The 50-centimeter tall baby weighed 3.200 grams. The childbirth completed successfully, although doctors had to perform Cesarean section. Russian gymnast, Aleksey Nemov, was one of the first colleagues, who congratulated Svetlana on the birth of her son: Nemov sent her a huge bouquet of roses and a card. Svetlana was very happy about the present: the athlete is staying in the USA alone, her mother could not arrive in the USA from Russia because of doctors' restrictions.

Senior coach of men's gymnastics of Russia, Yevgeny Nikolko, said that the men's team was thinking about a good present for the newly-fledged mom. “We still think about what we can buy for Svetlana. Maybe it will be a very nice bed for the baby or some furniture for Svetlana's new house in the Moscow region,” said he.

Svetlana Khorkina has not unveiled the name of the baby's father yet. Reporters believe, however, that it is a 47-year-old actor Levan Uchaneishvili. Svetlana and Levan met each other two years ago. Levan Uchaneishvili starred in quite a number of US-made movies, such as “Independence Day,” “Blade,” “Virus,” “The 25th Hour,” and some others.

Svetlana and Levan's baby was born in Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. The happy parents named their son as Vladislav.

The world-known Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina disclosed her private secret when she was eight months pregnant. According to the US law, any baby born either on the US territory or on board a ship sailing under the US flag, will have a right to obtain the US citizenship at full legal age. Svetlana's son will thus have an opportunity to choose, which citizenship he would like to hold, Russian or American.

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