Ksenia Semenova, artistic gymnast
Ksenia Semenova is a Russian artistic gymnast. She is the 2007 World Champion on the uneven bars, and the 2008 European Champion on the uneven bars and the balance beam. She was a member of the silver-medal-winning Russian team at the 2008 European Championships. Semenova is the 2009 European All-Around Champion.
Ksenia was born on October 20, 1992 in Novomoskovsk, Russia. Her first coach was her mother – Elena Pervova, former athlete.
Her main competition of the year came at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in September where she succeeded in becoming world champion on the uneven bars.
Aged just 15, Semenova represented Russia at the 2008 Summer Olympics and placed 4th in the all-around.
Semenova performs the “Tkatchev to immediate giant full” combination on the uneven bars and may be the first female gymnast to perform it. This move is usually done by men on the horizontal bar. She also performs a Deltchev salto on uneven bars, now an unusual skill in the women’s sport and an uncommon piked double Arabian dismount. She has a skill on floor named after her, a double spin in back attitude which carries a D rating under the 2009–2012 Code of Points.
At the European Championships in 2010 in Birmingham, together with her teammates (Alia Mustafina, Anna Myzdrikova, Ekaterina Kurbatova, Tatiana Nabiyeva) Ksenia became European champion in the team competition.
In 2010, Semenova participated in the World Championships in Rotterdam, where she became world champion in the team competition.
Svetlana Khorkina was an object to follow for Ksenia since her childhood.
In addition to gymnastics, Semenova loves watching football and gymnastics. She loves to watch figure skating, especially the performances of Evgeni Plushenko.