Yevgeniya Kanayeva, rhythmic gymnast
Yevgeniya Kanayeva is a Russian rhythmic gymnast, Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2008). By the way, she is a two-time Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics in 2008 and 2012. You know, she is the only two-time Olympic champion in all-round events in the history of rhythmic gymnastics. In addition, she is a three-time world champion in all-around, multiple world and European champion in individual all-around events.
Pretty girl was born on April 2, 1990 in Omsk, Soviet Union. Her mother is a famous sportswoman, master of sports in rhythmic gymnastics, Svetlana Kanaeva. And she did not want give her daughter to a sports school. However, her grandmother saw the girl’s desire to become a gymnast and took her granddaughter to rhythmic gymnastics classes when Yevgeniya was six years old.
When Yevgeniya was 12 years old, she had a chance to show her skills. The girl was lucky to go to the capital for sports training. In Moscow, the young athlete received an invitation to study at the Olympic Reserve School. The girl accepted the offer and began studying under the strict guidance of Vera Stelbaums.
2003 was a turning point in the career of the young athlete. Yevgeniya went to the Japanese championship and became the best among juniors. The victory allowed the girl to get to Novogorsk and begin serious training with the Russian team in rhythmic gymnastics.
In 2004, Alina Kabaeva and Irina Chaschina won Olympic gold. But in 2007 Kabaeva suddenly got injured and Kanayeva went to the European Championships in Baku instead of her.
Then she was taken to a more serious competition – the world championship. And there the sportswoman won gold.
Her first Olympic gold medal Kanayeva won in Beijing 2008 in the women’s rhythmic individual all-around final. You know, Kanayeva was the youngest among all the finalists in the Olympic rhythmic gymnastics competition.
At the 2009 European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, she won all five possible gold medals. Later, at the 2009 World Championship in Mie, Japan, Kanayeva became the first rhythmic gymnast to win all six gold medals. Then, at the 2011 World Championship in Montpellier (France) the girl won all six gold medals.
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.
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.
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).
After the Olympics coaches were waiting for the girl’s return to the sport. But training and trauma so exhausted the athlete that she decided to devote herself to coaching. The young girl has turned into a patient mentor and is now happy to bring up the young athletes of the Russian team.
Yevgeniya graduated from the Siberian State University of Physical Culture and Sport.
On June 8, 2013 she married the CHL hockey player Igor Musatov. Igor made a marriage proposal to Yevgeniya after the 2012 Olympics in London. The hosts at the wedding ceremony were Olga Shelest and Anton Komolov.
On March 19, 2014 Yevgeniya gave birth to their son Vladimir.