Russia Chooses Olympic Team, Already?

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Russia has already announced a majority of their women’s gymnastics team for the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.  Really?

According to the Russian gymnastics federation’s website, they have chosen 4 of the 5 women who will represent Russia in the Team and All-Around competitions this coming summer.

All 4 women are Olympic veterans going back to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Viktoria Komova Photo: thegymter.net
Viktoria Komova
Photo: thegymter.net

The first two women named to the 2016 team, Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina, both competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Komova took the silver in the All-Around behind Gabby Douglas and Mustafina won the bronze medal.

Both women are expected to also compete in the All-Around in 2016.

Maria Paseka and Ksenia Afanasyeva were also named as 2016 team members.  Paseka and Afanasyeva competed in the 2012 Olympic Games as well.  Paseka won an individual medal, bronze, on Vault in event finals.  Afanasyeva also competed on the 2008 Russian Olympic Team in Beijing, China.

Looking back at what has occurred since the 2012 Olympic Games, these woman have not done too much on the international scene.  Komova and Mustafina have both been on and off the injured list along with Afanasyeva, until recently.  Paseka has competed at various meets but nothing big like World Championships.

Here is a break down of the accomplishments of these women since the 2012 Olympics:

russian team accomplishments III

It seems unrealistic to name these women to a team 8 months out from the event.  There is so much that can happen between now and then; injury, retirement, aspiring new gymnasts coming into their own….

It will be interesting to see how this “proposed” team will develop and/or change over the next few months.

Sources: usagym.org, nbcsports.com, sportgymrus.ru, Wikipedia.org

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