Anastasia Grishina, who hasn’t competed since Russian Championships in April due to a partially torn ACL, will make her return at the 2014 Voronin Cup, to be held December 15 through December 17 in Moscow.
Since the Olympic Games in 2012, Grishina has had some great success, including winning the bronze all-around and medals at European Championships, gold medals on bars and beam in Cottbus, and the gold medal on bars at the Anadia World Cup, all in 2013. At this year’s Russian Championships, she won all-around bronze behind Aliya Mustafina and Alla Sosnitskaya but injured her knee in her floor routine during team finals and was forced to take the past eight months off to recuperate.
Ksenia Afanasyeva will join Grishina in Moscow. Like Grishina, the 23-year-old also faced an injury after a fall at Russian Championships this past spring. She made her return to competition at the DTB Team Challenge competition in Stuttgart at the end of November, where she showed a lovely DTY in addition to a solid, albeit heavily downgraded, floor routine.
Viktoria Komova was also expected to compete at Voronin after making her international comeback at the KSI-Matsz Cup in November, though has withdrawn and sent to Germany due to a leg injury. While it’s nothing serious – likely just the result of getting back to full training – her coaches have opted to treat it now with the hope of having her back to full strength next year.
The all-around and team finals held on December 16 will also serve as the qualifier for event finals, to be held December 17. An opening ceremony will be held on December 15. We will update our event page with more information, including how to watch, as it becomes available.
Article by Lauren Hopkins