Dmitrieva to Replace Mustafina as Worlds Alternate

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We told you when we first announced the Russian worlds team to take everything with a grain of salt, and we reminded you again to not get your hopes up when it was announced that Aliya Mustafina would contend for a spot despite not training in several months.

Already, just two weeks into the comeback, TASS is reporting that Mustafina is again out of the world championships for Russia with Anastasia Dmitrieva set to replace her.

While Mustafina originally told reporters that she would not bother this year and would instead rest with the hopes of being healthy again for 2016, a day following the Russian Cup, she and program coordinator Valentina Rodionenko were back in the press announcing her return.

Rodionenko said Mustafina would replace Alla Sosnitskaya, who was originally named as alternate, and included her as the alternate on the nominative roster sent to the FIG, so they were clearly taking her return from injury seriously. The idea was to watch her progress at Round Lake and then determine if she would be able to replace anyone who earned a spot on the team or would go as alternate, but it looks as though she wasn’t up to either task.

“Mustafina is a very responsible athlete,” Rodionenko told TASS. “Yesterday she told us it wouldn’t be right for her to go to the world championships as an alternate because she wasn’t prepared enough to replace any of the main athletes if they got injured during competition. Therefore, we decided to replace her with Dmitrieva.”

As the team’s leader in 2014, Mustafina brought more than scores with her to the competition floor with her consistent and calm demeanor. It’s not surprising that she will travel to Glasgow as a guest. “Her support is crucial to our gymnasts who are competing,” Rodionenko summed up.

Dmitrieva is a first-year senior whose only major international history includes an appearance at last year’s European Championships as a junior, where she made the event finals on floor. At the Russian Cup in September, she placed 6th in the all-around with a score of 54.867. In event finals, she was 5th on vault and 6th on beam.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

8 thoughts on “Dmitrieva to Replace Mustafina as Worlds Alternate

    • Yeah, they have a few gymnasts going in a guest capacity (i.e. Jonna Adlerteg for Sweden) because of their closeness to the team and so I don’t think Aliya plans on doing anything physically, just kind of being there for the team.

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  1. Oh Russia, you living soap opera, you…

    I’m not surprised at this turn of events. I’m relieved that Aliya had enough sense to say back off. Now how many of you want to bet that the situation will change again in the next week? XD

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    • If someone goes down they still have Evgenia .who has season bests of 14.4 13.8 14.5 14.3.

      So daft te Komova ankle iseems to be holding up . Miracle .

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  2. Dimietrieva was multiple preventative taped along the legs just before Russia Cup . She could have been that beam/ floor worker they are needing . A dismount slip prevented a good beam & AA at 4 Nations & likely that leg muscle strain prevented consistency at RCup . Just when I was thinking – ah there goes another one I realise she is still 15 & she’s made the alternate & the experience will be great . I can have hopes again!

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  3. Russia always confirms a team like a day before they do qualifications and their nominative rosters change every few days and the gymternet explodes over how Russia will do terribly at worlds and then they win a team medal and get several individual medals with USUALLY at least one of them gold, this year looking like it can be possibly paseka vault gold or silver and komova/Spiridonova going 1 and 2 on bars. Actually this year the Russians seem to be doing very well in terms of specialists, having a legitimate shot at a medal on every event but lacking all arounders. Tutkhalyan and kharenkova will most likely qualify for all around final.

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