Russian politician Alina Kabaeva
Alina Kabaeva is an outstanding Russian athlete, Honored Master of Sports, retired rhythmic gymnast, and politician. Since 2007, she has been a State Duma deputy. She won two Olympic medals, 18 World championship medals and 25 European championship medals.
Future champion was born on May 12, 1983 in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR, where she spent her childhood. Kabaeva’s father was a professional footballer and played for Pakhtakor team. Now he lives in Tashkent. Alina’s mother, Lyubov, in her youth played for the national basketball team. Now she lives in Moscow with her younger daughter Lisana. Since childhood, Alina was a Muslim, but before the Olympic Games in Greece in 2004 she decided to become Orthodox and was baptized.
In 1995 Kabaeva and her family moved to Moscow, where Irina Viner became her coach.
In 1996 Alina joined the Russian national team in rhythmic gymnastics, and in 1998 she became European champion.
A year later she won the World Championship and managed to win gold at 2000 Olympic Games.
At the Olympic Games in Sydney, she got bronze medal because her hoop fell down while performing.
She began to train hard and as a result Alina was the winner at 18 World Championships and at 25 European Championships.
Kabaeva graduated from the Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University.
Alina was a presenter of the program Empire of Sports on 7 TV channel and Steps to Success on REN TV channel. She starred in the Japanese film Red Shadow.
In 2007, the gymnast decided to finish her sports career to become a deputy of the State Duma of Russia. She opened her own charitable foundation.
Kabaeva’s personal life is a mystery
The only thing that is known about her personal life – she had a love affair with David Museliani, but the couple parted.
Before David Kabaeva had an affair with a Russian football player Maxim Buznikin, they even lived together.
In mid-April 2008 the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Korrespondent stated that she was engaged to marry the Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-June. But later Putin denied this information, saying, “There is not a single word of truth” in it. People say there is no smoke without fire. There are rumors that Kabaeva and Vladimir Putin gave birth to a son. But Alina writes on her official site hat she hasn’t got any children and this is her nephew.
In January, 2011 Alina Kabaeva appeared on the cover of Vogue Russia.