|Hoping to ring in even more success in 2011, Russian junior star Anastasia Grishina is looking forward to an all-night New Year's Eve bash in her native Moscow.
IG Online continues its yearly holiday series, bringing you the scoop on what the world's best gymnasts will be up to at the end of 2010!
Hoping to ring in even more success in 2011, triple Junior European champion Anastasia Grishina (Russia) is looking forward to an all-night New Year's Eve bash in her native Moscow.
"We never sleep on New Year's Eve — we'll stay out until 5 or 6 in the morning," the 14-year-old Grishina told IG. "We go out walking in the park, skating on the hill, lighting firecrackers, rolling around in the snow and in general just having fun!"
Prior to a night on the town, the Grishin family will celebrate New Year's Eve by exchanging presents, common in today's Russia. (Russian Orthodox Christians also exchange presents on Jan. 7, which is Christmas Day according to the Julian calendar.) Grishina, who has three older siblings, will also enjoy a family feast at home.
"We have many different dishes at the banquet table," she said. "We also decorate the Christmas tree, hang the garlands and decorate everywhere. Everyone in the family has gifts under the Christmas tree — the kids give gifts to the parents and the parents give gifts to the kids. After midnight, we go outside to the park."
Reflecting on the highlights of the past year, Grishina has plenty of proud moments to recall. In March, she won the junior all-around titles at the Russian championships and the City of Jesolo International in Italy. The next month, she led Russia to the team title at the 2010 Junior European Championships in Birmingham, outscoring superstar teammate Viktoria Komova. In the all-around final, Grishina missed her full twist on balance beam but still won the silver medal. In finals, she topped Komova for the gold on uneven bars and tied Romanian Larisa Iordache for the gold on floor exercise.
While she earned high marks from judges and fans alike, particularly for her beautiful floor exercise, Grishina also grabbed great grades in class.
"The best moments in 2010 were that I performed well at the European championships, and I finished the first term at school with 13 5s (As) and three 4s (Bs)," she said.
Grishina, who is coached by Sergei Zelikson, turns 15 on Jan. 16 and will be eligible for senior competition in 2012.
"This year I'm finishing my ninth grade exams, and it would be good to pass the exams," she said of her 2011 goals. "And in gymnastics, I want to go to the European Youth Olympic Festival in Turkey and do well."
Grishina took time off from competition in the second half of 2010 to rest a sore back, but says she's on track for the Russian nationals in March. She will rejoin the national team when training resumes Jan. 5 at the Round Lake facility outside Moscow.
"Right now I have everything in order [with my health] and if all goes well, then I will compete at the Russian championships," she said.
External Link: Watch Anastasia Grishina's Floor Routine set to Mikhail Glinka's "Jota Aragonesa"