Aliya Mustafina, Olympic Gold Medalist
Aliya Mustafina is a Russian artistic gymnast, 2012 Olympic gold medalist as well as the 2010 World Individual All-Around Champion. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she has 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. She is also a three-time world champion, three-time European champion, a multiple winner of the World and European championships, Honored Master of Sports of Russia. In 2012 Mustafina was recognized as Sportswoman of the Year in Russia.
Aliya was born on September 30, 1994 in Yegoryevsk, Russia. Her father was the bronze medalist at 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal in Greece-Roman wrestling, as well as coach of CSKA sports school. Her mother worked as a physics teacher. The girl’s younger sister Nailya Mustafina is also engaged in gymnastics and she is a master of sports. But after the injury the girl left professional sports, participating in amateur competitions.
At the age of six Aliya was brought to the sports section by her father. The girl began winning children’s and then junior competitions. She won five gold medals at the Students Games III.
In September 2007, Mustafina took part in Junior International Championships in Yokohama and won five silver medals.
At the Russian Championships in 2009 in the women’s all-around Aliya won gold.
At the European Championships 2010 in Birmingham Mustafina won gold and was two-time silver medalist.
At the 2010 World Cup the young athlete won gold medal. She became the second Russian gymnast, world champion in the individual all-around after Svetlana Khorkina, who excelled in 2003 in the American Anaheim.
In 2011 Aliya became the all-around silver medalist at the World Cup in Jacksonville.
Aliya Mustafina has sustained two injuries over the course of her career only to come back stronger in both cases.
In March, Mustafina competed at the Russian National Championships in Penza, Russia.
In May, she competed at the European Championships in Brussels, Belgium.
In June, Mustafina competed at the Russian Cup in Penza, Russia.
At the end of July, she competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom.
In 2012 Aliya graduated from school and entered the Russian State University of Oil and Gas.
Her official site: www.aliyamustafina.ru