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Vera Shimanskaya

Vera Shimanskaya pictures That's Vera Shimanskaya, who won an Olympic gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.

But now she's a golf professional.

Shimanskaya, from Russia, turned pro prior to the Ladies European Tour Pre-Qualifying School last week in Italy. Now 26 years old, she's only been playing golf since age 23.

According to this article on the LET Web site, Shimanskaya turned pro with a handicap of 3, which means she doesn't have much chance of winning any money at the moment. But a 3-handicap is very impressive for anyone, much less for a golfer who's only been playing for three years.

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