Alina Kabaeva Biography & Photos

Alina Mar?vna Kab?va (in Russian, Алина Маратовна Кабаева, (born on May 12, 1983 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic) is a rhythmic gymnast from Russia. Stresses for their extreme natural flexibility. It measures 1.66 m and weighs 48kg. Alina is the most successful rhythmic gymnast from Russia, and one of the most decorated in the history of the sport.

He started practicing rhythmic gymnastics in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in 1987 to 4 years. His first coach was A. Malkin. His father was a professional football and the family followed him to various places in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. At first, not many coaches like to find because too “heavy” and “ugly” to engage in rhythmic gymnastics, none of them seemed to consider it a gymnast who excel in anything. Very young, he moved to Russia, where his mother took her to the Russian coach Irina Viner, who liked from the beginning
“I could not believe what my eyes saw, when I saw for the first time. The girl had a rare combination of two qualities crucial in rhythmic gymnastics: flexibility and agility.”
Irina Viner

He stayed with Viner and has since won title after title. Debuted internationally in 1996. In 1998 at the age of 15 had a surprising victory in the European Championships, held in Portugal, being the youngest of a team with renowned stars such as Amina Zaripova. In 1999 he was European champion for the second consecutive year, and won the world title in Osaka, Japan. Ended up winning five European championships and one world title in 2003 in Budapest, Hungary.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, no one doubted that would achieve the gold, but its second intervention in the unexpected happened, he dropped the hoop and had to go out and get it out of the area for years. He finished with a bronze medal with a final score of 39466 (9925 rope, hoop 9641, 9950 ball, ribbon 9950).

In the Goodwill Games 2001 held in Brisbane, Australia, won the gold in ball, clubs and rope, and silver in the individual contest and hoop. Alina and her team, Irina Ch?china were positive in a banned diuretic (furosemide) and were stripped of medals.

Irina Viner, coach of the Russian team which also acted as vice president of the technical committee of the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics, said that all its gymnasts had been taking a dietary supplement called ‘Hyper’ which contained a diuretic. That, according to Viner, the gymnasts were taking it for premenstrual syndrome. When he left shortly before the Goodwill Games, the team physiotherapist bought at a local pharmacy. According to Viner, the supplement sold to them was false and contained furosemide. The commission asked the organizing committee of the Games to annul the results of Kab?va and Ch?china. The FIG also annulled the results of their World Championships in Madrid, so that the Ukrainian Tamara Yerofeeva was declared champion of 2001.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics won the gold with a score of 108,400 (aro 26,800, 27,350 balls, clubs 27,150, 27,100 tape), and the silver medal went to her companion Irina Ch?china team.

Alina emphasized in the rhythmic gymnastics for its great flexibility, agility and originality. In addition, he has done on several occasions as a model in magazines, advertising, film and parade in gateways. Currently, and for many years, is trained by Irina Viner and the prestigious multimillion-dollar Russian coach.

In October 2004 Alina announced its withdrawal from the sport; However, in June 2005, the Russian coach Irina Viner announced a possible return. Alina returned in a friendly competition between Italy and Russia disputed in Genoa, 10 September 2005. On March 5, 2006, Alina won the first seat on the Gazprom Moscow Grand Prix, with fellow Russian Vera Sessina as Olga Kapranova and in the second and third place.

Since 2005, is a member of the Public Chamber of Russia (Общественная палата).

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