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Aliya Mustafina: Why she kicks ass
She made her first Olympic appearance in the 2012 London Olympics and left the London games as the most decorated Russian Gymnast.  Her medals include gold in the uneven bars, silver in the women’s team final, and a bronze in both the floor exercise and the individual all-around. 
She has won numerous medals and has competed in the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships twice and the World Artistic Championships once.  Aliya is also the winner of three national Russian titles. At the International Junior Competition in 2007, Aliya won the silver medal in all four of the women’s gymnastics events as well as the all-around.  She won her first gold medal during the 2008 Junior European Gymnastics Championship. 
At the 2013 Russian National Championships, Mustafina successfully defended her All-Around title with a score of 59.850. 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, after a directional error.
In July, Mustafina competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. 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 October 2010, Mustafina competed at the World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She contributed an all around score of 60.932 toward the Russian team’s first place finish and individually she won the all around competition with a score of 61.032.
Andy Thornton from Universal Sports stated, "The story behind Aliya Mustafina’s all-around gold today is that of a revived dynasty; the dominant Soviet women’s team of the 1980s and early 1990s – whom many consider to represent the absolute epitome of artistic gymnastics – was dead and now reborn. In addition to leading her teammates to their country’s first world title as an independent nation, Mustafina has delivered one of the great performances by a female gymnast ever – capturing the very same artistry, difficulty, and competitive composure that made her Soviet predecessors so beloved and revered. Mustafina’s four-event arsenal is so well balanced it’s hard to pick a favorite event to watch her on, and a win so convincing and undeniable as hers gives a satisfying sense of closure to a competition. She has established herself and her Russian teammates as the absolute gymnasts to watch over the next two years – and the gymnasts to beat."

Aliya Mustafina: Why she kicks ass

  • She made her first Olympic appearance in the 2012 London Olympics and left the London games as the most decorated Russian Gymnast.  Her medals include gold in the uneven bars, silver in the women’s team final, and a bronze in both the floor exercise and the individual all-around. 
  • She has won numerous medals and has competed in the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships twice and the World Artistic Championships once.  Aliya is also the winner of three national Russian titles. At the International Junior Competition in 2007, Aliya won the silver medal in all four of the women’s gymnastics events as well as the all-around.  She won her first gold medal during the 2008 Junior European Gymnastics Championship. 
  • At the 2013 Russian National Championships, Mustafina successfully defended her All-Around title with a score of 59.850. 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, after a directional error.
  • In July, Mustafina competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. 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 October 2010, Mustafina competed at the World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She contributed an all around score of 60.932 toward the Russian team’s first place finish and individually she won the all around competition with a score of 61.032.
  • Andy Thornton from Universal Sports stated, "The story behind Aliya Mustafina’s all-around gold today is that of a revived dynasty; the dominant Soviet women’s team of the 1980s and early 1990s – whom many consider to represent the absolute epitome of artistic gymnastics – was dead and now reborn. In addition to leading her teammates to their country’s first world title as an independent nation, Mustafina has delivered one of the great performances by a female gymnast ever – capturing the very same artistry, difficulty, and competitive composure that made her Soviet predecessors so beloved and revered. Mustafina’s four-event arsenal is so well balanced it’s hard to pick a favorite event to watch her on, and a win so convincing and undeniable as hers gives a satisfying sense of closure to a competition. She has established herself and her Russian teammates as the absolute gymnasts to watch over the next two years – and the gymnasts to beat."
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