Russian Olympians Ready for New Quad

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The 2017 Russian Championships get underway next week, and even though it’s way too early in the season for anyone to be in full fighting form, we’ll get to see quite the roster in Kazan next week as four of the country’s 2016 Olympic silver medalists return to competition.

Angelina Melnikova, Seda Tutkhalyan, Maria Paseka, and Daria Spiridonova are all expected to compete, with their teammate Aliya Mustafina the only one sitting out, as the recently married world and Olympic champion is a mother-to-be, expected to give birth this July.

Also on the list are new seniors Elena Eremina, Anastasia Iliankova, and Elizaveta Kochetkova, all of whom are expected to make an impact in the coming years, with Eremina and Iliankova currently on the national team while Kochetkova is on the reserve team.

Other national team members expected to compete in Kazan include Lilia Akhaimova, Natalia Kapitonova, Olympic alternate Evgeniya Shelgunova, and Daria Skrypnik, while the national team reserve competitors include Anastasia Dmitrieva, 2016 Voronin Cup champion Daria Elizarova, and Polina Fedorova.

On the men’s side, 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nikita Nagornyy is set to compete alongside fellow national team members Sergei Eltsov, Nikita Ignatyev, Dmitriy Lankin, Vladislav Polyashov, Kirill Potapov, Alexei Rostov, and Valentin Starikov.

The competition begins with the team final and individual qualifications next Wednesday March 1st, with the women’s all-around final on Thursday, the men’s on Friday, and event finals split between Saturday and Sunday.

A full list of competitors is below.

Men
Rem Akov
Sargis Arakelyan
Artyom Arnaut
Pavel Belousov
Alexander Bogatyrev
Viktor Britan
Alexei Bykov
Ivan Cherkashev
Andrei Cherkasov
Alexander Chicherov
Sergei Danilenko
Sergei Eltsov
Gary Gasparian
Dmitriy Govorov
Insaf Idiyatullin
Denis Ignatyev
Nikita Ignatyev
Svyatoslav Ivanov
Evgeniy Kamin
Shamil Karaketov
Vilyam Katyn
Daniil Kazachkov
Marat Khabibullin
Stanislav Khekay
Ilya Kibartas
Dmitriy Kirpichenko
Nikolai Kishkilov
Alexei Kosyanov
Nikolai Kovinov
Kirill Kozin
Alexei Kozlov
Sergei Krivunets
Mikhail Kudashov
Matvey Kunitsyn
Stanislav Kurakin
Konstantin Kuzovkov
Andrei Lagutov
Dmitriy Lankin
Nikita Letnikov
Anton Litvintsev
Boris Lozhkin
Valeri Mikhalkevich
Daniil Monakhov
Dariy Morozov
Alexei Myakinin
Nikita Nagornyy
Nikita Ostaf
Andrei Perevoznikov
Artyom Pleshkin
Vladislav Polyashov
Kirill Potapov
Kirill Prokopyev
Egor Prosvetov
Alexei Rostov
Konstantin Semenov
Nikita Simonov
Maksim Sinichkin
Valentin Starikov
Sergei Stepanov
Pavel Strogonov
Maksim Ulyankin
Ivan Tikhonov
Ivan Tsvetkov
Matvey Tsygankov
Nikita Vasilyev
Yuri Verenikin
Denis Yurov
Ildar Yuskaev
Ilya Zakrevskiy
Women
Eleonora Afanasyeva
Lilia Akhaimova
Elena Aleksenko
Ilsia Aminova
Alyona Arkusha
Ksenia Artemova
Varvara Batalova
Olga Bikmurzina
Yulia Biryulya
Elena Bobyleva
Ekaterina Boeva
Ulyana Borovykh
Alina Bunina
Viktoria Bykova
Anastasia Cheong
Alyona Chernova
Anastasia Chikurova
Anastasia Dmitrieva
Diana Dogmarova
Vitalina Dotsenko
Daria Elizarova
Elena Eremina
Polina Fedorova
Inga Galeyeva
Viktoria Gazeeva
Daria Gontsova
Polina Guvenkova
Anastasia Iliankova
Natalia Kapitonova
Alyona Kapustina
Ksenia Kim
Viktoria Kuzmina
Ekaterina Levchenko
Elena Likhodolskaya
Daria Lopatina
Sita Makhmudova
Daria Manenkova
Angelina Melnikova
Evgeniya Menovshchikova
Daria Mikhailova
Yulia Minina
Irina Mitreneva
Maria Paseka
Ekaterina Polikarpova
Anna Rudneva
Evgeniya Shelgunova
Yuliya Shishkova
Anastasia Sidorova
Daria Skrypnik
Alla Sosnitskaya
Alina Spasova
Daria Spiridonova
Polina Spirina
Yulia Starchenko
Viktoria Trykina
Maria Tsaryapkina
Vasilsa Tsupina
Elena Tsvetkova
Seda Tutkhalyan
Ekaterina Tyunina
Maria Vanyushkina
Margarita Varnakova
Polina Vereshchagina
Alina Zakirova

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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15 thoughts on “Russian Olympians Ready for New Quad

  1. Kapitonova was also an Olympic alternate! (I still believe in you, Natasha! No matter how many times you fall off beam…)

    For those asking, Afanasyev(a) and Kochetkov(a) are common Russian surnames. Afanasiy is a Russian men’s name, so Afanasyev(a) is like “Johnson,” “Richardson,” or “Davidson.” Kochetkov(a) is an animal-based surname (rooster), again a common category in Russian (Medvedev(a), Volkov(a), Bykov(a), Sokolov(a), Lebedev(a) also fall into this category). Both types were typical for peasants back in the day.

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