I am extremely privileged to be Russian living in Great Britain, as I can support both Brilliant Artistic Gymnastic teams – Russian and British! That is why it is very fascinating for me to know all the news and gossip from the Russian side about Russian gymnasts, Russian gymnastics, coaches, events… As not everybody can speak Russian, I have decided to start sharing with you what I know from various Russian websites about this great team!
So the latest news is about the selection of the Women’s Russian Team for the World Championships that are going to take place in Antwerp, Belgium, September, 30 – October, 6, 2013.
All-around: Aliya Mustafina and Tatiana Nabieva.
Individual Apparatus: Maria Paseka, Aliya Mustafina, Tatiana Nabieva, Viktoria Komova or Anna Rodionova.
Apparently Anastasia Grishina hasn’t been selected, according to Valentina Rodionenko, National Team coach, as “she just didn’t get through. Valentina says the following about each gymanst:”The selection process was very tough and we already have gymnasts who showed themselves better during selection trials and special training sessions, who got into the team.”
“Unfortunately Ksenia Afanasyeva is not going to compete because of her ankle operation. She could have contested gold on the floor. As the World Championships is going to be an individual and not a team competition we have decided to let her recover completely so that she is ready to compete by December.”
“ Aliya Mustafina is in the best shape ever at the present moment. She has put many difficult elements into her routines and working hard on polishing them.”
“Also Tatiana Nabieva is getting stronger and stronger, recovering her previous power. These two gymnasts are going to perform All-Around.”
“Maria Paseka is going to compete on 3 apparatus – vault, bars and floor. She is not ready to compete on the beam yet.”
“And the forth place in the team is contested between Viktoria Komova and Anna Rodionova. Vika also didn’t compete during the trials in Russia’s Cup in Penza, but when she was training before her illness she has won with amazing results, even overcoming Grishina by 5 points. That was a decisive criteria. Now we are monitoring Vika’s health. She has been ill for quite a long time, but has already started to train with the team, so in 2 weeks time it is going to be clear if Vika will be able to compete at Worlds or not.”
“If Vika is not going to the World Championships, then Anna Rodionova is going to do the beam, possibly bars.”
That’s all for now from the Russian side of Artistic Gymnastics!
I am waiting in anticipation to find out who had been selected for the British Team for the World Championships in Belgium!