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Alina Kabayeva
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Personal information
Full name: Alina Maratovna Kabayeva
Country Represented:  Russia
Date of birth: May 12, 1983 (1983-05-12) (age 26)
Place of birth: Tashkent, Soviet Union
Height: 166 centimetres (5 ft 5 in)
Weight: 50 kilograms (110 lb)
Discipline: Rhythmic gymnastics
Club: Gazprom
Head coach(es): Irina Viner
Assistant coach(es): Vera Shatalina
Choreographer: Veronica Shatkova
Music: Sirtaki by Mikis Theodorakis, Valpurgieva Night by Charles Gounod, Rio Rita by Harold Arlen, Espana Cani
Retired: 2007

Alina Maratovna Kabayeva (Russian: Али́на Мара́товна Каба́ева; Tatar: Älinä Marat qızı Qabayeva; born May 12, 1983[1]) is a Russian sportsmaster and politician. She is the current State Duma deputee from the Party of United Russia since 2007, and before was known to lead a sports-related career in rhythmic gymnastics.

Kabayeva possesses high inborn flexibility. She stands at 1.63m (5'4'')[2] and weighs 48 kg (106 lbs). She is Russia's most successful rhythmic gymnast to date, and is also one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic gymnastics with 18 World Championship medals, 2 Olympic medals and 25 European Championship medals.

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Athletic career

Kabayeva, the daughter of Tatar father and Russian mother, was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, in the Soviet Union.[1] She started rhythmic gymnastics there in 1987 at an age of 4. Her first coach was A. Malkina. Her father was a professional football (soccer) player and the family was constantly following him to different places in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. At first, many coaches did not like Alina because they considered her "too heavy" and "ugly" to be a rhythmic gymnast, none of them seemed to consider her a rhythmic gymnast of any particular talent. In her young teens she moved to Russia, where her mother took her to the Russian head coach Irina Viner, who liked her from the start.

"I could not believe my eyes, when I first saw her. The girl has the rare combination of two qualities crucial in Rhythmic Gymnastics - flexibility and agility."
Irina Viner[3]

She stayed with Viner and from then on began claiming title after title. She made her international debut in 1996. In 1998 the 15 year old Kabayeva won the European Championships in Portugal, where her victory was considered by many to be completely "out of the blue". At the time she was the youngest member of the Russian squad, competing alongside internationally recognized teammates, like Amina Zaripova. In 1999 Kabaeva became European Champion for the second consecutive time and won the World title in Osaka, Japan. She went on to win a total of 5 all-around titles at the European Championships and added another World title in 2003 in Budapest, Hungary.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Kabayeva was expected to claim gold in all-around, but, due to an error in an otherwise exceptional performance—she dropped her hoop and ran to retrieve it outside the competition area - took home the bronze with the final score of 39.466 (Rope 9.925, Hoop 9.641, Ball 9.950, Ribbon 9.950).

In 2001 at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, she won the gold for the Ball, Clubs and Rope, and silver in the Individual All-Around and Hoop. However, Kabayeva and her teammate Irina Tchachina tested positive to a banned diuretic (furosemide) and were stripped of their medals.

Irina Viner, the Russian head coach, who also served as the Vice President of the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee, said her gymnasts had been taking a food supplement called "Hyper" which contained mild diuretics, which, according to Viner, the gymnasts were taking for pre-menstrual syndrome. When the supply ran out shortly before the Goodwill Games, the team physiotherapist restocked at a local pharmacy. According to Viner, the supplement sold there was fake and contained furosemide. The commission requested the Goodwill Games organizing committee to nullify Kabayeva and Tchachina's results. The FIG also nullified their results from the World Championships in Madrid, causing Ukraine's Tamara Yerofeeva to be declared the 2001 World Champion.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics Kabayeva took home the gold medal in the individual all-around for rhythmic gymnastics with a score of 108.400 (Hoop 26.800, Ball 27.350, Clubs 27.150, Ribbon 27.100), the silver medal went to her teammate Irina Tchachina.[4]

In October 2004 Kabayeva announced her retirement from the sport.[5] However, in June 2005, the Russian head coach Irina Viner announced a possible comeback.[6] Kabayeva resumed her sport career at an Italy-Russia friendly competition in Genoa, on 10 September 2005.[7] On March 5, 2006, She won the Gazprom Moscow Grand Prix, with fellow Russians Vera Sessina and Olga Kapranova taking the second and third places.[8]

After retirement

Since 2005 Kabayeva has been a member of the Public Chamber of Russia.

She also appeared briefly in the 2001 Japanese movie Red Shadow, performing her gymnastic routine.[9]

Russian rap group Igra Slov (Play on Words) made a song and music video featuring her in 2005.[10]

Since 2007, Kabayeva has been a member of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, representing the pro-Kremlin United Russia party.

Marriage controversy

In mid-April 2008 the Russian paper Moskovsky Korrespondent stated that she was engaged to marry the Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-June, after he left office. It sourced the news to a St. Petersburg based planner bidding to conduct the wedding reception.[11] On April 18, 2008 Putin addressed the article in a press conference with Silvio Berlusconi, saying, "There is not a single word of truth" in it.[12] While Putin had been abroad and unavailable for comment, Kabayeva's spokeswoman had already refused to discuss "this nonsense".[13] On April 18, Artyom Artyomov, general director of the National Media Company which publishes "Moskovsky Korrespondent", was quoted by Interfax as saying he has decided to stop financing and publishing the newspaper both because of its "large costs" and "differences with the editorial staff over its concept,". The newspaper was closed for good on 29 October 2008.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Alina Kabaeva". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer04/athlete?athleteId=2913. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  2. ^ "Biography for Alina Kabaeva". The Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1585617/bio. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  3. ^ Pendlebury, Richard (2008-04-17). "So, Mr Putin, what do you see in this nubile 24-year-old rhythmic gymnast?". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/worldnews.html?in_article_id=560278&in_page_id=1811&ico=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=picbox&ct=5. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  4. ^ "Results - 29/08/2004". BBC Sport. 2005-12-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympics_2004/results/default.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  5. ^ GYMmedia.com
  6. ^ GYMmedia.com
  7. ^ http://www.zampablu.it//blu/RG/genova05_vd/genova05_vd.html
  8. ^ GYMmedia.com
  9. ^ Alina Kabaeva
  10. ^ "Igra slov - Alina Kabaeva". DaRussia. http://darussia.com/igra-slov-alina-kabaeva.html.  
  11. ^ Quetteville, Harry de (2008-04-17). "Vladimir Putin 'to wed Olympic gymnast half his age'". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1895905/Vladimir-Putin-%27to-wed-Olympic-gymnast-half-his-age%27.html. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  12. ^ "Putin denies tabloid report that plans to marry former champion gymnast". International Herald Tribune. 2008-04-18. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/18/europe/EU-GEN-Italy-Putin-Gymnast.php. Retrieved 2008-04-18.  
  13. ^ Shaun Walker, in The Independent, quoting Moskovsky Korrespondent. "A president, the gymnast and marriage rumours that won't go away". http://www.independent.co.uk/news/europe/a-president-the-gymnast-and-marriage-rumours-that-wont-go-away-811244.html. Retrieved 2008-04-18.  

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[[File:|thumb|Alina Kabaeva]] Alina Kabaeva (Russian: Али́на Мара́товна Каба́ева, born May 14, 1983, Tashkent, Uzbek SSR) is a Russian former-rhythmic gymnast. She started competing since she was 12, and stopped when she was 24. She won several medals at World Championships, two Olympic medals (one bronze, one gold) and she came up with some of the flexibility-required moves in the sport. She was trained by Irina Viner. Now she works for State Duma.

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