Aliya Mustafina
Russian gymnast
Aliya Mustafina
}} Aliya Fargatovna Mustafina is a Russian artistic gymnast. In 2010, Aliya won a gold medal and was the all-around title winner at the World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam. She was the 2009 Russian national champion in the all around and on the balance beam.
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Biles wins all-around title at gymnastics World Championship
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Houston gymnast Simone Biles wins world championship By Raf Casert The Associated Press ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Simone Biles of Spring made everyone forget the United States came to the world championships without the defending and Olympic champions, edging teammate Kyla Ross to win the all-around gold medal on Friday. Biles and Ross were close throughout the evening, with Ross matching Biles’ athleticism and power with grace and elegance, leaving it to the final floor exercise. Biles jumped, twisted and strutted, and it turned into a victory dance in front of the many thousands clapping to her music at the Sports Palace. Aliya Mustafina of Russia, the 2010 champion, took bronze. Biles also qualified for all four apparatus finals this weekend — the first female U.S. gymnast to do so since Shannon Miller in 1991. Defending champion Jordyn Wieber and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas skipped the event. W ...
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Spring’s Biles leads at world gymnastics championships
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Simone Biles Simone Biles performs on the floor, during the qualification round at the artistic gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, on Wednesday. (Yves Logghe/Associated Press) By Raf Casert The Associated Press ANTWERP, Belgium — Simone Biles of Spring used superb floor and vault exercises to sweep past U.S. teammate Kyla Ross Wednesday and take the provisional lead in all-around qualifying at the world gymnastics championships. Biles was the only gymnast to break the 60-point mark with 60.133, leaving overnight leader Ross well behind with 59.198 in second place overall. With only one of five qualifying groups left, Yao Jinnan of China was in third at 57.965. “She did an excellent job. She handled her temper and was aggressive,” U.S. coach Martha Karolyi said of Biles. “She even can do a better job.” Even though the top 24 go through and all start from scratch in the all-around, the wobbly perfor ...
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Aly Raisman Goes For Gold on Floor Exercise: How Did She Do?
The Hollywood Gossip - over 4 years
Aly Raisman has ceded much of the attention to teammate Gabby Douglas at the London Olympics, but undoubtedly emerged as a star in her own right. The 18-year-old from Massachusetts hoped to secure not one, but two individual medals in the final day of gymnastics. Was she able to achieve that? Find out below ... She did! Raisman nailed her floor exercise routine to win the gold medal, scoring a 15.6 and easily topping silver medalist Catalina Ponor of Romania (15.2). Russia's Aliya Mustafina took the bronze (14.9). Jordyn Wieber was seventh. "It was the best routine I've ever done," Raisman said afterward. "My coach [Mihai Brestyan] said it was the best routine he'd ever seen me do." The floor exercise is her strongest event. Less expected was Aly Raisman's bronze medal not much more than an hour earlier in the balance beam. She initially finished fourth, but took the bronze after winning an appeal with the judges and then a tiebreaker with Ponor. Congratulations, Al ...
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Perseverance pays off for Mustafina, Tweddle
Fox News - over 4 years
There had to be times when Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina wondered if it was no longer worth it.A left knee injury suffered during the spring of last year prevented her from defending her all-around title at the 2011 World Championships and the London Games weren't shaping up to be as successful as she had hoped
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Mustafina wins bars gold; Douglas finishes last
CNN - over 4 years
All-around champion Gabby Douglas' quest for a third gold medal in London fell short. She finished in eighth place in the individual uneven bars. Russia's Aliya Mustafina earned the gold.
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Mustafina upsets favorites to win bars gold
Reuters.com - over 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Aliya Mustafina upset the favorites by taking the gold medal on the asymmetric bars in the gymnastics apparatus finals at the London Olympics on Monday after all-around champion Gabby Douglas fluffed her routine.
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Quinn Cohane: More Gold on the Way: Previewing the Event Finals for the U.S. Gymnasts
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
The U.S. gymnastics teams are having an unbelievable run in London. The women won team gold, and Gabby Douglas picked up an all-around gold medal. The men qualified first for the team finals, and though they failed to capitalize on it, Dannell Leyva came back and won an all-around bronze for Team USA. The final medals for artistic gymnastics will be awarded in the individual event competitions. Men's floor exercise, men's pommel horse, and women's vault will be decided on August 5, men's rings, men's vault, and women's uneven bars on August 6, and men's parallel bars, men's horizontal bar, women's balance beam, and women's floor exercise on August 7. All of the U.S. gymnasts except John Orozco and Kyla Ross will compete in at least one event final. While some are easily expected to win, other members of the U.S. squad could fight their way onto the podium. Men's Events One of the best events to watch will be men's high bar, filled with plenty of crowd-pleasing release m ...
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Olympics 2012: The eyes of the athletes
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
As the English poet George Herbert said, "the eyes have one language everywhere." (18 images) Follow @sacbee_theframe Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa looks to take a shot against Poland's Qian Li during the fourth round of a women's table tennis match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. AP / Sergei Grits MORE IMAGES Croatia's Cornelia Molnar keeps her eyes on the ball as she takes a shot against USA's Lily Zhang during a table tennis preliminary round match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. AP / Sergei Grits China's Jiao Liuyang competes to win gold in the women's 200-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. AP / Michael Sohn ...
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Difficulty score throwdown: Viktoria Komova vs. Jordyn Wieber - Universal Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Around this time last year, Rebecca Bross squared off against Aliya Mustafina for world domination. This year is going to be different. With Bross and Mustafina both out for the season after sustaining
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aliya Mustafina
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 21
    On August 7, Mustafina competed in the qualifications at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    More Details Hide Details She qualified into the all-around final with 58.098, despite having a fall on the balance beam and receiving a low 13.033. She also qualified second on the uneven bars with a 15.833 and scored a 15.166 on vault and 14.066 on the floor exercise. Russia qualified to the team final in third place behind the USA and the People's Republic of China. On August 9, she helped the Russian team win a silver medal behind the USA, with a score of a 176.688. Mustafina contributed a 15.133 on vault, 15.933 on the uneven bars, 14.958 on the balance beam and 14.000 on the floor exercise towards the team score, with an all-around total of 60.024.
    At the end of March, Mustafina was reportedly in a hospital after experiencing back pain. On April 6, she came back to competition at the 2016 Russian Championships in Penza.
    More Details Hide Details On the first day of Nationals, she performed watered-down routines on the uneven bars and balance beam, which received scores of a 15.333 and 14.400 respectively. On the next day, she got a 15.300 on bars and 14.133 on the beam, taking a silver medal in the team competition. In the event finals, she won bronze medals on both uneven bars and balance beam, scoring a 15.200 and a 14.800 respectively.
    At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Mustafina became the first female gymnast since Simona Amanar to win back to back all-around medals in two consecutive Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details After winning a second gold medal in the uneven bars final at the Rio Olympics, she became the first female gymnast since Svetlana Khorkina to defend her title on an apparatus final.. By winning seven Olympic medals, Mustafina ties Svetlana Khorkina's record for number of Olympic medals won. Aliya Mustafina was born into a half-Volga Tatar and half-ethnic Russian family in Yegoryevsk, Russia. Her father, Farhat Mustafin, an ethnic Tatar, was a bronze medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling, and her mother, Yelena Mustafina, née Kuznetsova, an ethnic Russian, is a physics teacher. Her younger sister, Nailya, is also a gymnast and a former member of Russia's junior national team.
  • 2015
    Age 20
    Despite scratching event finals to work with a physiotherapist in Moscow, she was named to the provisional Olympic team for Russia along with first year senior and Russia Cup champion Angelina Melnikova, and 2015 worlds team member Seda Tutkhalyan and 2015 world champions Maria Paseka and Daria Spiridonova.
    More Details Hide Details The team was verified on July 24 when the team left for Rio.
    To allow her body to recover from injuries and stress, Mustafina did not compete at the 2015 Russian Championships and the 2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships and returned to competition at the 2015 European Games in Baku in June with Viktoria Komova and Seda Tutkhalyan, leading the women to place first.
    More Details Hide Details In the individual all-around final, Mustafina again placed first with a score of 58.566. She also received gold on bars with a score of 15.400 and silver on floor with a score of 14.200, her best score of the competition on that apparatus despite her quadruple turn was not rewarded. On September 18, Mustafina said that she took the decision of pulling out of the World Championships which were held in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 October - 1 November, due to back pain. "Yes, I will miss Worlds and the main reason is the pain in my back. This is not a serious injury but it has been bothering me for quite a long time. As for my future, I can never predict it, that's why I don't want to talk about it. It is how it is now, but everything can change tomorrow," said Mustafina.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2014
    Age 19
    As of December 2014 she will be coached by Sergei Starkin, who coached world champion Denis Ablyazin, after competing two seasons without a coach.
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    With her wins in the 2014 World Championships, she has become the 9th most decorated female artistic gymnast at the World Championships of all time with a total of 11 medals.
    More Details Hide Details Afterwards, Aliya competed at the Stuttgart World Cup. Although expected to do well after performing well at the world championships, she fell on uneven bars, balance beam and made several errors on floor exercise, causing her to finish 5th overall after being in second after the first rotation.
    In the qualifying round at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China, Mustafina contributed scores of a 14.900 on vault, 15.166 on the uneven bars, 14.308 on the balance beam (having some problems with connections) and 14.500 on the floor exercise to the all-around total of a 58.874.
    More Details Hide Details She qualified second for the all-around, fourth on the uneven bars, seventh on the balance beam and fifth on the floor exercise, being the top qualifying gymnast alongside Simone Biles. The Russian team qualified in third into the final behind the United States and People's Republic of China. In the team finals, Mustafina contributed scores of a 15.133 on vault, 15.066 on the uneven bars, 14.766 on the beam and 14.033 on the floor exercise to Russia's third-place finish. In the all-around finals, Mustafina finished fourth with a total of 57.915 points. Mustafina had a strong start to the competition with a 15.100 on vault and a 15.041 on the uneven bars, but made a few errors on balance beam (14.341) and sat down her double Arabian mount on floor after opening up too early on it (13.433). Mustafina would later state a high temperature was the cause of her poor performance. She competed in the uneven bars final, where she finished in 6th place with a score of 15.100. Mustafina won two controversial bronze medals in the balance beam and floor exercise finals, scoring a 14.166 on beam and 14.733 on floor, beating out Asuka Teramoto of Japan and Mykayla Skinner of the US respectively.
    At the end of the meet, she was selected, along Maria Paseka, Maria Kharenkova, Daria Spiridonova, Alla Sosnitskaya and Ekaterina Kramarenko to represent Russia at the 2014 World Championships.
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    In May, hampered by an ankle injury, she competed at the 2014 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
    More Details Hide Details She competed on two apparatus in qualifications, Uneven Bars and Balance Beam. She qualified to both finals with a 15.100 and 14.233 respectively. In the team final, Mustafina contributed a 14.700 on vault, a 15.166 on bars and a 14.800 on the beam. She led the inexperienced Russian team to a third-place finish behind Great Britain and Romania, who took silver and gold, respectively. In event finals, she placed second on the uneven bars with a score of 15.266, and third on balance beam with a score of 14.733. In August, Mustafina competed at the Russian Cup in Penza representing Moscow in the Team Competition. The team also featured Maria Paseka, Alla Sosnitskaya and Daria Spiridonova and they easily won the title by 5 points over silver medalist Saint Petesburg. Individually, Mustafina won the all-around with scores of 14.833 on vault, 15.400 on bars, 14.600 on beam and 14.300 on floor for a total score of 59.133. In the event finals, she won the balance beam with a score of 15.567, the floor exercise with a 14.700 and placed second on the uneven bars with 15.267.
    Mustafina began her 2014 competitive season on April 3 by successfully defending the her Russian national all-around title with scores of 14.733 with a double-twisting Yurchenko vault, 14.333 on uneven bars, 15.400 on balance beam, and 15.100 on floor exercise.
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  • 2013
    Age 18
    Her best event is the uneven bars, where she displays a high level of difficulty and originality, and her weakest is the balance beam, despite earning the World Championship title on it in 2013 and the European Championship title on it in 2016.
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    In her last competition of 2013, Mustafina helped her team finish second at the Stuttgart World Cup by contributing on balance beam.
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    In October, just after turning 19, Mustafina competed at the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the competition, Mustafina had been sick for weeks and started experiencing heavy pain in her knees. She had a rough start in qualifications, falling on the first tumbling pass on floor (two whips into a double Arabian) and crashing her second vault (round-off half-on 1/1 twist off). This caused her to miss the finals in both events. However, she still managed a total of 57.165, qualifying 5th for the all-around final, 5th for uneven bars and 8th for the balance beam event final. In the All-Around final, Mustafina finished third with a total of 58.856, behind Kyla Ross and Simone Biles of the United States, clearly ahead of the fourth athlete, Romanian Larisa Iordache. She had a clean competition with no major mistakes, scoring 14.891 on vault, 15.233 on uneven bars, 14.166 on balance beam and a 14.566 on floor. In the uneven bars final she scored 15.033 and finished in third place, behind Huang Huidan and Kyla Ross. She also successfully debuted a new low to high bar transition in the final: a full-twisting Maloney (or Seitz) caught in a mixed grip. However, the exercise she presented in the final was of .200 points lower difficulty than that in qualifications and the AA final, due to a transition blunder from the lower bar back to the higher. In the beam final, she gave a commanding performance and won her first world beam title with a score of 14.900, ahead of Kyla Ross and Simone Biles.
    In July, Mustafina competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, alongside teammates Ksenia Afanasyeva, Maria Paseka, Tatiana Nabieva and Anna Dementyeva.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the competition, Mustafina's participation had been put under a question mark, after she had been hospitalized for a few days because of flu. In the team competition, which also served as a qualification round for the individual finals, Mustafina contributed with scores of 13.750 on floor, 14.950 on vault, 15.000 on uneven bars and 15.200 on beam toward Russia's first-place finish. She qualified in first for both the all-around final and the uneven bars final, as well as beam and floor finals. In the all-around finals, she won the title with a score of 57.900. Mustafina won gold in the uneven bars final, and a silver medal in the balance beam final. In the floor final she suffered a fall on the last tumbling pass and finished ninth.
    At the 2013 European Championships in Moscow, Mustafina had a rough start in qualifications, falling twice off the balance beam and qualifying 4th in All-Around with a score of 56.057.
    More Details Hide Details In the All-Around final, Mustafina scored 15.033 on vault, 15.133 on uneven bars, 14.400 on balance beam and 14.466 on floor, winning the All-Around title with a score of 59.032; this was her first individual European title. The next day she competed in the uneven bars event final and won with a score of 15.300. She had originally qualified to the floor exercise final in third, but withdrew, giving her spot to teammate Anastasia Grishina, who had been left out of the final due to the two-per-country rule.
    At the 2013 Russian National Championships, Mustafina successfully defended her All-Around title with a score of 59.850.
    More Details Hide Details She scored a 15.450 on beam, 15.500 on bars, 13.600 on floor a 15.300 on vault. These results qualified her to the balance beam and uneven bars finals in first place, and also to the floor exercise final in third. Mustafina received a silver medal in the team all-around competition along with the rest of the Moscow Central team members. She had qualified to three event finals, but withdrew from all but one in order to protect her knee. She finished in third place in the uneven bars final, behind Anastasia Grishina and Tatiana Nabieva respectively, after a directional error. Mustafina also won the All-Around and team titles at the Stella Zakharova Cup. In event finals, she won gold on uneven bars and silver on balance beam after counting a fall on the latter.
  • 2012
    Age 17
    On August 15, 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded Mustafina the Order of Friendship at a special ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow for her achievements at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of 33 Russian athletes to receive the award. After the Olympics, in December, she competed at the DTB Stuttgart World Cup, where the Russian team finished first.
    On August 7, 2012, the Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov congratulated Aliya following the Olympic success.
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    At the end of July, Mustafina competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details She helped the Russian team qualify in second place and individually she qualified to the all-around final in fifth place with a score of 59.966. She also qualified in fifth place for the uneven bars final scoring 15.700 and in eighth place for the floor final scoring 14.433. In the team final, Mustafina contributed an all-around score of 60.266 towards the Russian team's second-place finish. In the all-around final, Mustafina finished in third place with a score of 59.566. She was tied with American Aly Raisman but after tie-breaking rules were applied Mustafina was awarded the bronze medal, even though she had scored lower than Raisman in all but the uneven bars apparatus. She said, "I performed well apart from the beam (but) I was not totally confident that I would get a medal, even a Bronze – any fall is very bad and it is very difficult to finish in the top three after a fall like that."
    Mustafina represented Russia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where she was the most decorated gymnast (and athlete in general, save for swimmers), male or female, having won four medals including the silver in the team all-around, the bronze in the individual all-around final, the gold in the uneven bars final, and the bronze in the floor final.
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    She is also the 2012 Olympic uneven bars champion, and individual all-around and floor bronze medalist, the 2013 World balance beam champion, the 2013 European champion in the all-around and on the uneven bars and 2016 European champion on the balance beam.
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  • 2010
    Age 15
    When asked about being compared with the former Russian gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Svetlana Khorkina following her success at the 2010 World Championships, Mustafina said, "I have no idols and never have.
    More Details Hide Details Svetlana was, of course, an amazing gymnast". In response to a question about her gymnastics role models, Mustafina said, "I like Nastia Liukin, I adore her elegant and beautiful performances with difficult elements. I like especially her graceful uneven bars and balance beam. Among the Russians, I like Ksenia Afanasyeva. I respect her strong and beautiful gymnastics." Her former coach, Alexander Alexandrov, once said: "The girl is very talented, but with a difficult character. However, you don't find much complacency among champions." In March, Mustafina competed at International Gymnix in Montreal, Canada. She placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 58.825. In April, Mustafina competed at the Zakharova Cup in Kyiv, Ukraine. She placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 55.150. In September, Mustafina competed at the Junior International in Yokohama, Japan. She placed second in the all-around competition with a score of 59.800. In event finals, she placed second on vault scoring 14.750, second on uneven bars scoring 15.250, second on balance beam scoring 15.450, and second on floor scoring 14.100.
    She is the 2010 World individual all-around champion, the 2015 European Games individual all-around and uneven bars champion, and the 2013 Universiade individual all-around and uneven bars champion.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1994
    Born
    Born on September 30, 1994.
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