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Nabiyeva: 'Her Face Speaks For Her Emotions'
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Profiled in the 2019 September issue of International Gymnast magazine, Russia’s Tatiana Nabiyeva admits that her face speaks for her emotions, but she did a masterful job of hiding the pain and frustration that made competing at this summer’s University Games in Naples, Italy, a wonder in itself. She nevertheless unleashed her characteristic grit to win three medals in Naples, a feat that stunned even Vera Kiryashova, who with husband Alexander Kiryashov coaches her.

“A fighter! A character!” says Kiryashova of Nabiyeva, who won team gold and placed seventh all-around at the 2010 World Championships, and won team and uneven bars silvers at the 2011 Worlds.

IG: How did the accident happen?

TN: Yes, I remember that day! I was well prepared, I trained, I did the all-around. But in one of the control training sessions, we started on balance beam and on a dismount, when I did a step ahead of the roundoff, my heel slipped off and my big toe was left on the beam. At first I did not understand what happened. I went to redo the dismount. Then when I saw blood on the beam, I realized that everything was bad!

IG: How are you inspired by your loyal fan base?

TN: I really love my fans. I really cherish this support. It motivates me and gives me strength! I am very grateful to my fans for looking out for me and following my performances. I thank them very much.

IG: How would you describe your character?

TN: My character is very difficult. I’m a Scorpio and half of Caucasus blood. In sports it helps a lot. And it will probably be difficult for me to describe it. This is most likely from what is visible. The fact that you cannot argue with me is 100 percent. When I am not in shape at competitions, I talk, I look after the other girls. I get caught up in the competition. I do not like to lose. I am very emotional. Most likely all of my emotions can be read on my face, by my facial expressions.

Read the complete interview in the 2019 September issue of International Gymnast. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition, or to order back issues of International Gymnast magazine, click here.

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