Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport where the athletes begin their careers at a very young age, and finish, barely having crossed the twenty-year boundary. Injuries, heavy loads do their job. In the face of a girl like Yana Kudryavtseva, artistic gymnastics has lost one of the best female athletes of late.
Because of a serious injury the girl finished with the sport, only having reached nineteen. However, for a short time that she was shining, Yana Kudryavtseva became a multiple champion of the world and Europe, a prize-winner of the Olympic Games and remained in the memory of sports connoisseurs as one of the most elegant gymnasts.
From the pool to the gym
The heroine of the story - a native Muscovite, was born in September 1997. Very often children of famous athletes repeat the fate of their parents and devote their lives to sports. Yana Kudryavtseva did not escape this fate. Gymnastics, however, did not immediately become the occupation of the future champion.
The daughter of the famous swimmer Viktor Kudryavtsev, she initially engaged in swimming in the group of general development. However, in four years the girl is given to the rhythmic gymnastics section. Yana's father, as a former sportsman, understood what crazy loads await his daughter in sports and initially was against her seriously becoming engaged in this business. However, the coaches managed to convince him that Yan is waiting for a great future, and he agreed. Coaching staff of the legendary Wiener-Usmanova took another supertalented athlete under her care.
In 2012, the athlete participated in the Junior European Championships. Again a victory in the team competitions, and in the makeweight - gold in the exercises with the ball. Also on the account of Yana Kudryavtseva - the Junior World Cup, won in Pesaro.
The youngest prima of rhythmic gymnastics
Adult career began in 2013. At one stage of the Grand Prix, taking place in Moscow, Yana Kudryavtseva wins in the all-around, ball and club exercises. To these awards she adds a bronze for the hoop.
In the same year, Yana sets a new achievement in artistic gymnastics, becoming the youngest sportswoman ever to win at such tournaments. This happened when the gymnast won the tournament, which was held in Sofia. Yana Kudryavtseva was the first in the all-around, having bypassed both the hostess of the tournament Sylvia Mitevu, and team-mate Margarita Mamun. Also, victories were won in exercises with a hoop and clubs, and in addition - bronze for the tape.
Ahead of Alina Kabaeva
The first World Cup was the most real test for Yana Kudryavtseva. During the performance with the tape, music was constantly interrupted, which could lead the young athlete out of the rut. However, this did not stop Yana from showing the best result and winning the gold medal. In addition, she took the first place in exercises with maces, and to the gold awards she added silver for the ball and hoop.
The most important event occurred in the all-round finals. Yana Kudryavtseva, who was not even sixteen, beat all experienced girls and became the absolute world champion. Thus, she surpassed the legendary Alina Kabaeva, becoming the youngest world champion in all-around.
The next season Ian Kudryavtseva began not too smoothly. Instead of victories, which are already used to everyone, silver and bronze medals followed in the first stages of the World Cup. Nevertheless, according to Irina Wiener, she still remained one of the leaders of the team together with Margarita Mamun. By the middle of the season, she broke up in earnest and again began to take awards one after another.
The World Cup in Turkey was a bright finale this year, when Yana won five gold medals, including in the all-around, repeating last year's triumph. At the same tournament, the gymnast received a special prize as the most elegant sportswoman.
At the end of the 15th year, Ian Kudryavtseva seriously injured her leg and recovered for a long time. Because of this, she gradually entered the Olympic season, limiting her participation in the speeches. Nevertheless, this year she also takes gold medals at the World Cup starts in Tashkent, Kazan, Sofia.
Starting in 2013, the very first line of the rating of the strongest gymnasts consistently turned out to be Yana Kudryavtseva. The 2016 Olympics should have finally secured the title of the strongest "artist" of the fourth century.
However, as in 2000, in the case of Alina Kabaeva in Sydney, a fatal accident interferes with the case. Just like Kabaeva in 2000, Kudryavtseva was considered the main favorite of the competition. However, at the end of the exercises with maces, it allows the loss of the object. This mistake cost her the first place. Kudryavtseva left from Rio only with a silver medal.
Completion of a short but bright career
At one of the tournaments in the 15th year, Yana suffered a serious foot injury. With this damage, she went to the World Championships in Stuttgart, where, overcoming the pain, she won five gold medals. Only after the end of the competition, she turned to the clinic, where she was diagnosed with a fracture of one of the bones of the foot.
Having recovered, Yana Kudryavtseva was able to perform at the Olympic Games, where she was able to win silver awards.
After that, the doctors found that such a misfortune could happen to her with her right foot. In November, Irina Wiener already states that her ward can finish her career. At the end of the year, the athlete notified the international gymnastics federation about this. Thus ended the brilliant career of one of the strongest gymnasts of recent times.
Like any young attractive girl, Yana Kudryavtseva did not have a hang-out from her fans. The public became widely known for her romance with the basketball player CSKA Kulagin. The profiles of the guys in the "Instagram" were filled up with photos of each other and confessions of love. The sportswoman did not part with an army basketball club shirt with a lover's number. However, at one point all the photos of the basketball player disappeared from the pages of social networks of Yana.Soon rumors swirled that a beautiful gymnast broke up with a windy lover because of his many changes.
But Kudryavtseva was not grieving for a long time alone. Soon in her life a new elected one. Yana Kudryavtseva and Artur Yusupov are now one of the most famous sports couples. Midfielder "Zenith" is not so 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 fleeting and she was forced to finish early with sports due to injury, the sportswoman was forever remembered with all her elegance and elegance.