Alexander Alexandrov fired

Bad news for those of us who appreciated his candor. :(

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics:

Sports Express today confirmed the news that Russian WAG team coach Alexander Alexandrov has been fired from his job as WAG head coach. The decision was made by a vote of the board of the Russian Gymnastics Federation, including some of the coaches of gymnasts who performed poorly in London … .

Sources close to the Russian team suggest that Alexandrov will continue as personal coach to 2010 World Champion and 2012 Uneven Bars Olympic Champion Aliya Mustafina though this has yet to be officially confirmed and (updated 18.45) … Alexandrov has now suggested it is doubtful he will continue beyond the end of December. We still await an announcement of who will take over from the talented Alexandrov as head coach of the Russian WAG team. …

details – Alexander Alexandrov dismissed as WAG Head Russian coach

Alexander could be hired for pretty much any coaching job in the world right now.

His successor has big shoes to fill.


Sovietski Sport has now announced that the council of the Russian Gymnastics Federation has appointed bars coach Evgeny Grebenkin as head coach of the WAG team. …

Rewriting Russian Gymnastics has the details. With quotes from the ungracious Valentina Rodionenko.

… If anyone should be fired …

Alexandrov feels the reasons for dismissal were personal. The personal coaches of the Team were not supportive.


#1 TippingCows on 09.24.12 at 12:35 pm

It seems somewhat political but then again, I don’t know all the details and only a few people in the world do. I wish him the best – I think the person that might lose out most in all of this is Mustafina.

#2 Vladimir Zaglada on 09.24.12 at 1:59 pm

It is nothing political! It is just a personal! Unfortunately, it will be bad not just for Alia Mustafina. The real professionals of the Russian Artistic Gymnastics will never forgive a current Board RGF and “some of the coaches and gymnasts who performed poorly in London…” for taking away Alexander Alexandrov from the position of WAG Team’s Head Coach. But who knows, may be it is just a beginning of the intriguing story called “Inside of Russian Artistic Gymnastics… after London-2012″. Or may be BEFORE?

#3 Julia on 09.24.12 at 2:09 pm

This is pretty appalling. I feel so sorry for Aliya, I sincerely hope he’s able to continue as her coach, and frankly, the Rodionenkos have got a lot to answer for. Ugh.

#4 anonymous on 09.24.12 at 2:11 pm


#5 Marcus on 09.24.12 at 2:37 pm

Cannot wait until the day we read: “Rodionenko fired”

#6 Tracy on 09.24.12 at 2:45 pm

So what lucky club will get him in the west?

#7 Ashlyn on 09.24.12 at 4:12 pm

Wow, I guess a team silver, 1 individual gold, 1 individual silver, and 3 individual bronzes after a medal-less 08 olympics wasn’t impressive enough?

#8 Jazz on 09.24.12 at 5:49 pm

Probably him being Mustafina’s personal coach backfired on him. He was giving to much personal attention to her, therefore paying less attention to the other gymnnasts from the national team. Hence, thats why she won more medals than anyone else. I can see why other coaches wouldnt be happy about him.

#9 jenny on 09.24.12 at 6:28 pm

Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.

#10 joanne on 09.25.12 at 6:49 am

thats horrible. russian gymnastics are going to be ruined.

#11 Emma on 09.25.12 at 7:37 am

I agree with Ashlyn. I get Grishna’s coach is mad at Alexandrov and blames his attention to Musty for her bad performance. But still, 1 gold, 2 silvers, 3 bronzes, Alexandrov must have done something right. Plus, I’m pretty sure that they knew when they hired him that he was already Mustafina’s personal coach, so if they were worried about that scenario, they could have fixed that from the very beginning.
Shocking. I just hope he continues to coach Musty.

#12 Valentina Rodionenko – the bad guy — Gymnastics on 09.25.12 at 8:22 am

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#13 Alfi on 09.25.12 at 11:49 am

BIG MISTAKE. USA is waiting for him to arrive. Kiss medals good bye Russia.

#14 Natallya on 09.26.12 at 11:10 am

The new head coach is also a personal coach to Russian junior Ekaterina Baturina…so he should br fired too then

#15 jenny on 09.27.12 at 2:50 pm

I can’t believe how gullible some of you people are. The truth is always somewhere in the middle. Painting Alexandrov as some kind of innocent bystander is laughable.

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