Anna Pavlova to Azerbaijan

Blythe Lawrence gives us an update on how tiny Azerbaijan suddenly decided to become an Olympic contender in gymnastics.

fan favorite and newly naturalized Azeri Anna Pavlova, who for the past five years has been overlooked by the Russian team masters for big international competitions, even when she could have potentially medalled on vault, by far her strongest event.

The dynamics of The Pavlova Situation in Russia have never been well explained: Whether the Russian head coaches simply chose to focus on the new generation after Pavlova tore her ACL in 2008 or whether there were issues of attitude problems and/or bad training habits is unknown.

Either way, Pavlova showed up at numerous Russian Championships between 2010 and 2013, performed well on beam, often won vault, and was never selected for major teams. She earned her living competing for foreign clubs, like Haguenau in France, as well as in the German Bundesliga league, before her nationality switch to Azerbaijan was greenlighted by the International Gymnastics Federation late last year. …

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5 thoughts on “Anna Pavlova to Azerbaijan”

  1. 3 falls in team finals & a 0 in vault finals in Beijing . This after many lacklustre / attitude negative comps back to 03 worlds.

    Sh was the one that should have , could have but would not.

  2. Anna will always be a fave of mine but one DTY is hardly a reason for her to be part of any of the last Russian teams.

  3. She proved to be inconsistent in big competition. So when you have the choice between older, inconsistent and injured gymnast and young, up-and-coming and in need of experience gymnasts the choice is pretty clear, so I don’t see why people seem to be so surprised or even scandalized that Anna was not chosen to be part of Russian team after Beijing…

  4. Pavlova probably shouldn’t have been selected for olympics or too many international teams. However, she came back and beat both Paseka and Nabieva on vault. Her AA finishes at nationals were respectable including a 2nd. Her strength is her longevity, grit, technique and elegance.

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