Alina Kabayeva – Famous Russian gymnast


Alina Kabayeva

Alina Maratovna Kabayeva
(May 12, 1983, Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan)
Nationality: Russia
Category: Athletes
Occupation: Gymnasts
Specification: Rhythmic gymnastics
Unique distinction: One of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic gymnastics.
Height: 166 cm (5ft 5in).
Weight: 50 kg (110 lb).
Мeasurements: 34 -23-38 (US); 86-58-96 (EU).
Gender: Female
Quotes: 1. I am a person with sports background, I like professionalism, and sometimes it is necessary to be tough. 2. Sometimes you feel so happy that you even feel scared. 3. When before the competition I started to get nervous and worried, the best sedative for me was a job. 4. The most important thing – do not be the last person so to move, to spin and to do something …
Video: The Energy

Achievements and contributions:

Social and professional position: Alina Kabayeva is a Russian retired rhythmic gymnast and politician.
The main contribution to (what is known): Alina Kabaeva is regarded as one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic gymnastics.
Contributions: Alina Kabayeva is an outstanding Russian sportscaster. She is the most successful retired rhythmic gymnast to date and is also one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic gymnastics with 18 World Championship medals, 2 Olympic medals and 25 European Championship. Alina Kabaeva is the winner of the Olympic Games at  Athens in 2004 and the Bronze medalist of the Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney. She is the two-time absolute world champion (1999 and 2003). Alina is unique in the history of rhythmic gymnastics five-time European champion (1998-2000, 2002, 2004). She is also the six-time absolute champion of Russia (1999-2001, 2004, 2006, 2007). Her name largely linked revolutionary changes in artistic gymnastics in the 90 years of XX century.


Olympic Games:
2004: Olympic Games Athens, 1st rank Individual all-around (best total ever achieved, 108.400)
2000: Olympic Games Sydney, 3rd place/Individual All-Around (39.466 points)
World Championships:
2003: World Championship Budapest, Hungary
1st rank Individual All-Around 106.475
1 Ball 26.675
1 Ribbon 26.525
1 Team All-Around 255.600
1999: World Championship Osaka, Japan
1st rank Individual All-Around 39.924
1 Ball 9.966
1 Ribbon 10.000
1 Team All-Around 119.089
European Championships:
2004: European Championship Kiev, 1st rank Individual all-around
2002: European Championship Granada, 1st rank Individual all-around, ball, clubs, rope
2001: European Championship Geneva; 1st rank ball, clubs, hoop
2000: European Championship Saragossa, 1st rank, Individual all-around, , ball (10.0), hoop (10.0), ribbon (10.0)
1999: European Championship Budapest, 1st rank Individual all-around, hoop
Numerous victories in the World Cup, Goodwill Games and international tournaments.
Honours and Awards: Alina Kabaeva was awarded the “Order of Friendship” (2001) and “For Service to the Fatherland” IV degree (2005).
Major works: Kabaeva won two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals, and 25 European Championship medals.

Career and personal life:

Origin: Alina Kabayeva was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, in the Soviet Union. Her father Marat Kabaev, an ethnic Tatar, was a professional footballer her mother – Lyubov Kabaeva, an ethnic Russian basketball player. Kabayeva was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, in the Soviet Union. Her father Marat Kabaev, an ethnic Tatar, was a professional footballer and played for the team ‘Pahtakor’. The family was constantly following him to different places in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. The mother of Alina – Lyubov Kabaeva, an ethnic Russian basketball player, played for the Tashkent team “SKIF” and in the national team of Uzbekistan’s Basketball. Alina has a younger sister called Lisana. The girl grew up in an atmosphere of athletic training, duties, fatigue, victories and defeats. Alina and her mother did not miss a single Marat’s football match. Her father always took Alina with him to the training centre in Kibrary. Alina was a very active and bright girl during childhood, she always invented something.
Education: She graduated from Moscow State University of Service and from St. Petersburg State University of Physical Education.
Career highlights: She started to engage in artistic gymnastics when she was 3,5 years old. Alina’s mother wanted her daughter to be seriously engaged in figure skating or rhythmic gymnastics. Strong schools of figure skating in Uzbekistan was not hot, so the choice fell on the artistic gymnastics. Her first coaches were Anelia Malkina and Lyudmila Nikitina.
In 1995 when Alina was 12 years old, her mother realized that to fully develop the potential of Alina in Tashkent do not succeed, and took her to Moscow to Irina Viner – the chief coach of Russia in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Irina Wiener immediately recognized the talent of her pupil and began to prepare Alina to the greatest heights. She stayed with her head coach and from then on began claiming title after title.
In 1996, when Alina was 13 years old she became a member of the national team, and her career went sharply uphill. In 1996, she made her international debut. When Alina Kabaeva aged only fifteen years old, won the gold medal in the 1998 European gymnastics Championships in Portugal.
Moreover, Alina Kabaeva -the only gymnast in the world, inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records as early as 15 years, has become an absolute champion of Europe among adults.
In 1999 Kabaeva became European Champion for the second consecutive time and won the absolute champion World title in Osaka, Japan.
In 2000 Alina Kabaeva secured the world title and was favourite to repeat the success at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  But, due to some errors in an otherwise exceptional performance, she took home the bronze.
At the 2001 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, she won the gold for the Ball, Clubs and Rope, and silver in the Individual All-Around and Hoop.
However, Kabayeva and her teammate Irina Tchachina tested positive to a banned diuretic (furosemide)  and were disqualified for two years. They were deprived of all awards of the Goodwill Games and World Cup 2001.
Furosemide in itself is not doping and is used in sports doping for the removal of prohibited substances. Probably Kabaeva used furosemide with biologically active additives, which offered her coach.
In 2003 she went on to win a total of 5 all-around titles at the European Championships and added another World title in Budapest, Hungary.
At the 2004 Athens Olympics Kabayeva took home the gold medal in the individual all-around for rhythmic gymnastics.
In October 2004 Kabayeva announced her retirement from the sport.  However, Kabayeva resumed her sports career at an Italy-Russia friendly competition in Genoa, on 10 September 2005. On March 5, 2006, She won the Gazprom Moscow Grand Prix, with fellow Russians Vera Sessina and Olga Kapranova taking the second and third places.  Kabayeva finally retired from the sport in 2007.
Political activity. Since 2001 Kabaeva has been in politics. From December 2001 to October 2005 she was a Member of the Supreme Council party, United Russia.
From October 2005 to September 2007 was the first member of the Public Chamber of Russia. As part of the Public Chamber Commission on the development of philanthropy, charity and volunteer involved in the problem of insurance Athletes.
She is also the head of “Alina Kabaeva Charity Foundation”. From 2007 to 2014, Kabaeva was a State Duma Deputy from the United Russia Party.
In September 2014, Kabaeva became the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the National Media Group
The secret of  success:
Everyone in the world is talented in some way. It’s just that we all have different talents, and they need to be fostered. Some people have been lucky enough to find themselves in their profession, while others haven’t. Parents play a huge role in this… Dad reacted to my wins as if they were his own. He was happy and very proud, and loved to repeat: “My little daughter is the cleverest, most talented and most beautiful of all”. I was grateful to my Mum for the discipline and the principles she taught us. What I have achieved in professional sport and in life is mainly down to her. Kabayeva possesses extreme natural flexibility.
Her credo is “Get Over Yourself!”.

Personal life:

 In 2007 Kabaeva graduated from Moscow State University of Service, with a major “Sports management”. In 2009 she graduated from St. Petersburg State University of Physical Education, Named after P. F. Lesgaft.
On 12 April 2008 the Russian paper Moskovsky Korrespondent stated that she was engaged to marry the Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-June.  Some days later Putin addressed the article in a press conference in Italy with Silvio. Berlusconi, saying, “There is not a single word of truth” in it. Kabayeva’s spokeswoman had already refused to discuss “this nonsense”.
The newspaper “Moskovsky Korrespondent” was closed on financial grounds on 29 October 2008.
On December 2009 Alina Kabaeva gave birth to a boy in Moscow and named the baby Dmitri. While the name of the father of the child has not yet been declared officially, it is believed that Dmitri must be the love child of Vladimir Putin.
Kabaeva wrote on her site: I’m no hypocrite, but I don’t like it when my life is exposed to view like goods in a shop window. I’m convinced that everyone needs their own private space, something they can call their own. So here’s my “Private Life” – a space that’s mine and mine alone. I hope you’ll understand.
Zest: Nickname: Alina, Lina.  Hobbies: Collecting toys, playing with animals and dancing. Her marital status: Single. Languages Spoken: Russian and English. Club  MGFSO Dynamo, Russia. She appeared briefly in the 2001 Japanese movie Red Shadow, in the role of a ninja) and conducted the weekly show ‘Empire of Sports’ on Channel 7 TV. Before the 2004 Athens Olympics Kabaeva was baptised in the Orthodox faith. In 2006 Alina became the winner of the national award Woman of the Year “Glamour” (as voted by readers of the journal).

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