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Russia Finalizes Olympic Gymnastics Squads
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With 20 days to go before the Olympics officially begin, the Russian Gymnastics Federation announced its finalized teams for London. Pictured: World uneven bars champion Viktoria Komova was already a lock for the team.

With 20 days to go before the Olympics officially begin, the Russian Gymnastics Federation announced its finalized teams for London.

The Russian's women's squad consists of Ksenia Afanasyeva, Anastasia Grishina, Viktoria Komova, Aliya Mustafina and Maria Paseka, with alternates Yulia Inshina and Tatiana Nabiyeva.

Denis Ablyazin, Alexander Balandin, David Belyavsky, Emin Garibov and Igor Pakhomenko comprise the men's squad. All-arounders Sergei Khorokhordin and Nikita Ignatyev will serve as alternates.

Of the 14 gymnasts named, only Afanasyeva and Khorokhordin have Olympic experience.

The Russian women won no medals at the 2008 Olympics, but rebounded at the 2010 Worlds with their first world team title and all-around gold for Mustafina. Komova, the 2010 Youth Olympic Games champion, is a contender for several medals including the all-around title. Afanasyeva, the 2011 world champion on floor, and Grishina, who won gold on uneven bars at the Olympic test event in January, can also add huge scores. The Russian coaches are taking a gamble that Paseka will land her inconsistent Amanar vault in the final.

There were few surprises on the men's squad, with Ablyazin, Balandin, Belyavsky and Garibov considered locks. Russia has medal hopes in Ablyazin (floor and vault), Balandin (still rings), Belyavsky (all-around) and Garibov (high bar).

The Russian gymnasts will stay at home to prepare until July 21, a week before the competition begins.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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Noname said:

What happened to Dementyeva?
July 08, 2012
Votes: +5

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