Besides coaching me and thousands of kids like me throughout their careers, they are also the coaches of the 1992 Olympic all-around champion Tatiana Gutsu, which makes them truly special people not only to me and to her, but to the whole world.
Since Tatiana's win for the Ukraine in 1992 ( a first ever for this country, formerly part of the Soviet Union), my grandparents have coached many students to successful gymnastics careers - both long and short term, high level and recreational. They are truly wonderful people who gave so much of themselves to others.
I suppose I should have said were... because Victor Dikiy passed away form a long time battle with cancer on Saturday, August 11, leaving his long-time not only life partner but work partner as well, his wife Tamila, who is battling stage 3 breast cancer herself [pictured in campaign profile photo above with Tatiana Gutsu today in 2018].
Many, many of their former students have reached out to me and my family to express their gratitude for the kindness my grandfather has shown then and the skills both on and off the mat he'd taught them that they still carry with them to this day that help them find success in their lives. These students wanted to help any way they could.
Tatiana Gutsu, 1992 Olympian, my mother Tetyana Skrypnyk, who is also an accomplished gymnastics coach, and I, Lana, decided to establish this go-fund-me for my grandparents, Tatiana's former Olympic coaches who were like family to her and to all of the kids they've coaches over the years. They've given a lot to everyone around them, sacrificing time with their own families, their money, and their health to give back to others.
Now, I hope, we can give back to them to show them our appreciation for everything they've done for us and the ways they have touched our lives, whether through gymnastics, or just as the great people they were. You don't have to take my word for it, you can read their former student's and the impact my grandfather has had on her life here: https://kaylasmith89.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-best-coach-i-ever-knew.html
A portion of this fund's proceeds will go directly to helping with Victor's medical and burial expenses,with the rest to help T his wife and choaching partner Tamila, as she battles cancer and life without her partner in coaching and in life of over 50 years.
It is our hope that my grandmother doesn't feel alone in the really difficult circumstances she's lived through in taking care of Victor in his last 6 months while also battling her own cancer and the difficult road she is facing now and to thank them for their hard work and dedication to their communities, the people around them, and the world at large.
Thank you so much, and any contribution helps.
In loving memory of Victor Dikiy (1938-2018), pictured here with Tatiana Gutsu.
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