Evgeniya KANAEVA

Russian Federation RUS

Rhythmic Gymnastics

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Evgeniya KANAEVA

Russian rhythmic gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva won countless European and world titles during her glittering career, the pinnacles of which were the Olympic gold medals she claimed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

A devoted student of the sport

Born in the Siberian city of Omsk, Evgenia Kanaeva was introduced to rhythmic gymnastics at the age of six by her grandmother. The youngster quickly stood out for her enthusiasm and dedication, staying on in the gym to practise with the ribbon, ball, clubs and hoop long after her colleagues had gone home.

At the age of 12 she went to Moscow to continue learning her trade, winning a number of international junior competitions and ultimately attracting the attention of Russia’s team coach Irina Viner, who invited her to join the national team training centre in the outskirts of the Russian capital.

Rise to the top

On graduating to the elite, Kanaeva found her path to the Russia team blocked by Athens 2004 Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva and a clutch of other highly talented and more experienced gymnasts.