Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport where sportswomen start their careers at a very young age, and they end up barely crossing the 20-year mark. Injuries, heavy loads do their job. In the face of a girl like Yana Kudryavtseva, rhythmic gymnastics has lost one of the best athletes lately.
Due to a serious leg injury, the girl ended up with the sport, only to reach the age of nineteen. However, in the short time that she shone, Yana Kudryavtseva became a multiple world and European champion, Olympic medalist and remained in the memory of sports fans as one of the most elegant gymnasts.
From the pool to the gym
The heroine of the story is a native Muscovite, born in September 1997. Very often, children of famous athletes repeat the fate of their parents and devote their lives to sport. Not escaped this fate and Yana Kudryavtseva. Gymnastics, however, did not immediately become the occupation of the future champion.
The daughter of a famous swimmer, Viktor Kudryavtsev, she initially went swimming in a group of general development. However, at four years old the girl is given to the rhythmic gymnastics section. Yana's father, as a former athlete, understood what crazy loads await his daughter in sports and was initially opposed to her becoming seriously involved in this business. However, the coaches managed to convince him that Jan had a great future, and he agreed. The coaching team of the legendary Wiener Usmanova took another super-talented athlete under his care.
In 2012, the athlete participated in the Junior European Championship. Again, the victory in the competition teams, and in the appendage - gold in exercises with the ball. Also on account of Yana Kudryavtseva - the Junior World Cup, won in Pesaro.
The youngest prima of rhythmic gymnastics
She began her adult career in 2013. At one of the stages of the Grand Prix, held in Moscow, Yana Kudryavtseva on the move wins in all-around, exercises with a ball and clubs. To these awards she adds bronze for the hoop.
In the same year, Yana sets a new achievement in artistic gymnastics, becoming the youngest athlete ever to win in such tournaments. This happened when the gymnast won the tournament, which was held in Sofia. Yana Kudryavtseva became the first in the all-around, beating around the tournament mistress Silvia Miteva and team-mate Margarita Mamun. There were also victories gained in exercises with a hoop and clubs, and in addition - bronze for the ribbon.
Beating Alina Kabaev
The first world championship was a real test for Yana Kudryavtseva. During the performance with the tape, the music was constantly interrupted, which could take the young athlete out of the rut. However, this did not prevent Yana from showing the best result and winning the gold medal. In addition, she took the first place in the exercises with clubs, and added gold for the gold awards for the ball and the hoop.
The most important event occurred in the final all-around. Yana Kudryavtseva, who was not even sixteen years old, beat all the experienced girls and became the absolute champion of the world. Thus, she surpassed the legendary Alina Kabaeva, becoming the youngest world champion in all-around.
The next season, Yana Kudryavtseva started not too smoothly. Instead of victories, to which everyone is already accustomed, followed by silver and bronze medals in the first stages of the World Cup. Nevertheless, according to Irina Viner, she still remained one of the leaders of the national team with Margarita Mamun. By the middle of the season, she sold out in earnest and began again to take awards one after another.
The World Cup in Turkey was a bright finale this year, when Yana won as many as five gold medals, including in all-round, repeating last year's triumph. At the same tournament gymnast received a special prize as the most elegant athlete.
At the end of the 15th year, Yana Kudryavtseva seriously injured her leg and was recovering for a long time. Because of this, she gradually entered the Olympic season, limiting her participation in performances. Nevertheless, this year she takes gold medals at the World Cup starts in Tashkent, Kazan, Sofia.
Since 2013, at the very first line of the ranking of the strongest gymnasts invariably turned out to be Yana Kudryavtseva. The 2016 Olympics should have finally secured her the title of the strongest "artist" of the four years.
However, as in 2000 in the case of Alina Kabaeva in Sydney, a fatal accident intervenes in this matter. Just as Kabaeva in 2000, Kudryavtseva was considered the main favorite of the competition. However, at the end of the mace exercises, she admits the loss of the object. This mistake cost her first place. Kudryavtseva left Rio only with a silver medal.
Completion of a short but bright career
In one of the tournaments in the 15th year, Yana received a serious injury to the foot. With this damage, she went to the World Championships in Stuttgart, where, overcoming pain, won as many as five gold medals. Only at the end of the competition, she went to the clinic, where she was diagnosed with a fracture of one of the bones of the foot.
After recovering, Yana Kudryavtseva was able to perform at the Olympics, where she was able to win silver medals.
After that, the doctors discovered that such a misfortune could happen to her with her right leg. In November, Irina Viner already declares that her ward can complete a career. At the end of the year, the athlete notified the International Gymnastics Federation. Thus ended the brilliant career of one of the strongest gymnasts of the last time.
Like any young attractive girl, Yana Kudryavtseva had no end of her fans. The public has become widely known for her love affair with CSKA basketball player Kulagin. The profiles of the guys on Instagram were littered with photos of each other and declarations of love. The athlete did not part with the shirt of the army basketball club with the number of her beloved. However, at one point, all photos of a basketball player disappeared from the pages of Yana’s social networks.Soon it was rumored that the beautiful gymnast had broken up with her windy lover because of his many betrayals.
But not for long grieved Kudryavtseva alone. Soon a new chosen one appeared in her life. Yana Kudryavtseva and Arthur Yusupov are now one of the most famous sports couples. The Zenit midfielder is not as rich in awards as his beautiful girl, but his career is in full bloom, and he has time to catch up with her.
Yana Kudryavtseva is one of the strongest gymnasts of the last ten years. And although her career was short-lived and she was forced to end early with sports due to injury, the athlete was forever remembered for all her grace and elegance.