Aliya Mustafina’s Dad

Farhat Mustafin (born 7 September 1950) is a Russian former wrestler of Tatar descent who competed for the Soviet Union in the 1976 Summer Olympics where he won a bronze medal.

… He is the father of Russian artistic gymnast and Olympic Gold medalist Aliya Mustafina. …

Farhat and Aliya’s coach, Alexandrov, are the same age and both came out of CSCA (Central Sport Club of Army).

… this situation with her coach, who suddenly left for the USA, crushed her down (Aliya was not training for 6 months and could leave gymnastics for good, when Mr. Alexandrov turned up to take the charge) …

The occasion, that Aliya ended up with Alexandrov as her personal coach – was her good fortune. …

As a wrestler, Farhat knows all about the difficulties of staying at competition weight.

… Unfortunately in gymnastics it really counts: 2 kilos more and you fall and fail …

… We also had to keep our weight and sometimes get rid of some extra kilograms – seven kg less, for example, was also hard. Your life joy vanishes after the fifth kg off. And still you have to go on with full workouts every day, while you walk around like a zombie between your bed, workout, a tiny amount of food to keep you on your legs and up to bed again… So anyway even this could not overshadow the main purpose. …

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5 thoughts on “Aliya Mustafina’s Dad”

  1. Eating disorder in the making. It would be so much healthier to have a nutritionist work with them and work on balancing intake with expenditure.

  2. That’s a cute picture of her and her dad.

    Focusing on a specific weight is most problematic if the weight is too low. Aliya is listed at 5’4″ 112 lbs on That doesn’t look like an unmanageable weight to maintain.

    As far as why they focus on a specific weight, they mentioned their reason in the article. Many people believe that too much extra weight causes performance problems for gymnasts.

  3. I am 30 pounds heavier than Aliya and the same height, but definitely fit. However, am I gymnastics fit? No way. I know I felt the difference as a gymnast when I was eating well and I was not, both in fatigue and in how “light” I felt.

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