Even though the Olympics were her first major (ie world or Olympic) event, she was established internationally before that with a win at the 1986 Belgian internatianal, as well as a strong showing in the Riga meet (her home town) in 1985. She kept competing until 1991, where she should have been able to sweep the FISU games, but she had proven to be a tad inconsistent in her old age. Oh, she is also the unofficial winner of *two* USA/USSR meets (the mini-ScAm Cup - Baitova, I love this title!) losing to Kristie Phillips in 1987 (yeah right! And I actually liked Kristie Phillips!), and third behind Zmeskal (not in this century!) and Chusovitina in 1990 (okay, I'll give you the latter). Laschenova, do you care to add anything I may have missed/gotten wrong?
Laschenova rocked. I loved her floor routine in Stuttgart. You forgot to add that she is married to the guy who robbed Scherbo's apartment. Also let's not forget that she was training triple backs as early as 1986!!!!! Before Liukin even debuted his.