The Main Begining
A success Story that anyone should share.
Not only is Aliya my all time favorite gymnast for the past four years (knocking Dominique Moceanu off of num.1 on my list), but she has the story to back it up!
This Russian star came fresh into her senior debut at the 2010 worlds championship, literally rocking the house.
In the russian eyes, she was the next Big thing, the next Khorkina.
In the American eyes, she had “it” and seemed blissfully unstoppable, as NBC’s prying eyes was widened to such an amazing talent.. and for once.. it wasn’t all about the American’s. Suddenly Aliya was categorized as Fierce, Talented, the next big thing and the “it” girl.
Mustafina didn’t make the pressure get in her way, as she stormed through the competition with only 1 error of nearly 19 routines.
Suddenly the world was shock, a sixteen year old Russian had completely cleaned up at such a prestigous event making her the first person to qualify for all event finals since 1997 and making her the first since 2001 to take home 5 individual medals.
This alone gave Mustafina a name for herself, as she presented a gymnastics personality of her own, securing her own originality as she apparently has no idols.
Unfortunately in 2011, mustafina tore her ACL performing her Amanar, a vault which hardly anyone was doing until she injured herself on it. The queen was out of competition for about a year and returned eager to get back in the scene. some questionned weather she would be fit enough by august as her recovery was not as easy as expected due to on going back problems and swelling of the knee. As a matter of fact, at the olympics, Mustafina still experienced pains in her shins as well as her team mates – this may have been due to the new floor at Lake Krugloye according to Alexander Alexandrov.
As we all know, most Gymnast’s that tear their ACL usually take quite awhile to comeback or they usually just dont – it’s known as a career ender.
Aliya was not about to make that ruin her Olympics.
All Around and TF’s
The beautiful Russian star started her competition off by qualifying 4th into the all around as well as qualifying on Uneven bars and Floor Excercise. Mustafina performed with poised during the team competition to help Russia to a silver medal despite her shaky beam routine.
Next would come the all around. Mustafina stuck her DTY, of which it seemed according to all press it,one could only stand on the podium if they performed an amaner. Mustafina wanted to define the odds. STuck DTY…
Next bars – Mustafina performed beautifully and recieved a 16.1 making her the only next gymnast to perform a bar routine in the 16’s. Next came beam. Unfortunately Aliya has not had time to work on her confidence on the apparatus, jumping off on her Arabian – a skill which she performed wonderfully, she just doubted herself.
Alexandra Raisman of the U.S. was who she would be fighting with to gain a bronze medal. Raisman ended up wobbling all over the beam, dropping her score significantly low. Mustafina knew now what she had to do.
She went into Fx and performed the floor routine of her life – wonderful executuion! Raisman decided to stay safe and clean and with that, they were awarded the same all around score total – bringing in the tie breaker – both beam scores dropped, all the other 3 counted – MUSTAFAAA BRONZE!
Individual honours and great succes
Uneven bars – Mustafina went into the Uneven bar final completely flocked with talent around her, 4 girls capable of being Gold medalists, adding Aliya, making it 5.
But Alka refused to leave without gold. In a spectacular performance of difficulty and artistry, she led Russia to their first Gold in gymnastics at the olympic games since 2000. A score of 16.1 flashed on the board and the crowd chanted “aleeyah aleeyah”.. what a divine moment for the queen 😀
Floor Ex – Last day of gymnastics, last day to make more of an impression on the gymnastics world. Aliya qualified last into the floor event final, but with her great execution and mouth watering choreography, she managed to put herself back onto the podium. So here it is, this girl that hardly trained floor, the Bronze medalists on that podium. Oh Aliya, you never seise to perform like a champion.
A young girl from Russia – 6 months ago could never dream of a medal at the olympics.. much were skeptical about her being able to be fit in time.
But Aliya beat over 60 girls+ (more than that, not sure of exact num) to earn her place in the All Around final. Even after not performing a amanar and a fall from the beam, aliya still medaled.. if that doesn’t say something to you.. idk what will. The girl is a fighter, a true champion!
She qualified for two event finals and medaled in every event she toke place in.
Four medals for Musty, Gold, Silver and 2 Bronze.
The most decorated gymnast male/female of the 2012 olympics!
What a come back ❤
We’re all proud of you Mustafina!
9 Medals from One World championship and One Olympics – WOW