Mustafina on Mustafina

The World Champion has arrived back home in Moscow. Catching up on school work.

Is she a super confident, fierce competitor?

May 02, 2010 - Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom - epa02140519 Aliya Mustafina of Russia competing in the Beam event during the Women's Senior Apparatus Final of the European Gymnastics Championships held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, United Kingdom, 02 May 2010.

Or a shy little girl still in shock to find herself the centre of all this attention and speculation? … One who runs away from the media, every chance she gets.

ITAR-TASS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA. OCTOBER 25, 2010. Gymnast Aliya Mustafina shows her gold and silver medals at the arrival hall of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Team Russia won the women's individual all-around final at the 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Rotterdam. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Alexei Filippov) Photo via Newscom

I’m not sure.

Aliya talks tough in an excellent, likely controversial, interview on, translated by Senor Nico on IG forum:

Anton Golotsutskov, who won the silver medal on vault, said that the judges are prejudiced against Russian athletes.

-I repeat, athletes shouldn’t interfere with the judging. Our small matter is to compete. But in part I agree with Anton. To some extent I think the judges were against me.

-What do you think about being called the next Khorkina?

-Nothing. It’s all the same to me. Svetlana was, of course, an amazing gymnast. But I have no idols and never have.

read the full interview

Like the American girls, the Russians saw very little other than the hotel and Ahoy arena. The Romanians were in the shopping mall every day, even before the competition finished.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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