Yevgeniya Kanayeva, rhythmic gymnast
Yevgeniya Kanayeva is a Russian rhythmic gymnast, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2008). She is the only rhythmic gymnast to win two Olympic all-around gold medals, winning at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She has 11 world champion’s titles and has earned 12 gold medals at the European Championships.
Yevgeniya was born on April 2, 1990 in Omsk, Soviet Union
Kanayeva won her first Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008 in the women’s rhythmic individual all-around final. At the 2009 European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, she won all five possible gold medals. At the 2009 World Championship in Mie, Japan, Kanayeva became the first rhythmic gymnast to win all six gold medals. She repeated the feat at the 2011 World Championship in Montpellier, France, winning all six gold medals.
2008 Olympics season
With the opportunity to take part in the Olympic Games in Beijing, all of Kanayeva’s routines (hoop, clubs, rope and ribbon) were designed with high difficulties and her music was selected to bring out her uniqueness, one of which was her ribbon routine performed with the special edited piano version of Moscow Nights (Подмосковные вечера).
Kanayeva was the youngest among all the finalists in the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics competition.
2012 Olympics season
Kanayeva started her season with new hoop, clubs and ball routines at the Moscow Grand Prix.
At the 2012 European Championships, Kanayeva won her third consecutive European All-around title and posted a score of 29.700 in her ball routine.
In the qualifications at the 2012 Olympics, Kanayeva ranked 2nd on the first day, behind teammate Daria Dmitrieva, after an unusual errant of fumbling her hoop routine. On the second day, she moved ahead of Dmitrieva with a total score of 116.000 points.
By the end of 2009, Kanayeva was awarded the title Merited Master of Sports in Russia. Irina Tchachina was the guest of honor to present Kanayeva the award.
She is one of the only 3 rhythmic gymnasts after (Alina Kabayeva and Ekaterina Serebrianskaya) to win all the Grand-slam competitions (Olympic, World, European, World Cup Final and Grand Prix Final).
In the entire RG history, she has won the most World Championships titles: 17 gold medals.
Olympics History Record
She made history as the only Rhythmic Gymnast to win 2 Gold medals (also back to back) at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
On her second Olympics, she became the oldest Rhythmic Gymnast to win a gold medal at 22 years old. (Kanayeva was 18 years old at her first 2008 Olympics).
On June 8, 2013 she married the CHL hockey player Igor Musatov. Igor made a marriage proposal to Eugene after the Olympics in London in 2012. On March 19, 2014 Yevgeniya gave birth to their son Vladimir.