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    MOSCOW, January 9 (RIA Novosti) - Yelena Petushkova, a Russian Olympic champion in dressage horse training, died Monday at the age of 66 after a long illness, a spokesperson for the Russian Equestrian Federation said Tuesday.

    Petushkova won the dressage team competition at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, and also took silver the same year in the dressage individual competition. She was also a 13-time champion of the Soviet Union.

    Between 1983 and 1991 she was a vice president of the Soviet Union Olympic Committee, and in 1996 was elected president of the Russian Equestrian Federation, a post that she held until 1999. In her final years, Petushkova served as head coach of the Russian National Dressage Team.

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