10 Cool Facts about Russia’s History at the European Championships

1. At the 1992 Europeans, Russia won its first medal as an independent country: a bronze on uneven bars from Elena Grudneva.

2. The gymnast to have more titles on a SINGLE apparatus is Svetlana Khorkina with six on the uneven bars (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004)

3. Anna Pavlova, who won 4 silvers and 2 bronzes at European Championships representing Russia, also went on to win Azerbaijan’s first ever medal in artistic gymnastics with her silver on vault in 2014.

4. Moscow has twice been host to the European Championships the first time in 1987, as the capital of the Soviet Union, and then in 2013. Saint Petersburg hosted the 1998 edition.

5. Medals won as host (independent Russia)

  • 1998 (Saint Petersburg)
    • Gold: All-Around (Khorkina), Bars (Khorkina), Beam (Kuznetsova), Floor (Khorkina)
    • Silver: Team
    • Bronze: Beam (Ezhova)
  • 2013 (Moscow):
    • Gold: All-Around (Mustafina), Bars (Mustafina), Floor (Afanasyeva)
    • Bronze: All-Around (Grishina), Beam (Grishina), Bars (Paseka)

6. On April 8th 2011, Aliya Mustafina tore her ACL while performing an Amanar vault at the European all-around final; she never competed the Amanar again.

7. Svetlana Khorkina is the most recent gymnast to have won three consecutive all-around titles (1998, 2000, 2002).

8. While not with the same gymnast, Russia won three consecutive all-around titles: 2009 (Semenova), 2011 (Dementyeva) and 2013 (Mustafina)

9. Ksenia Afanasyeva’s bronze on vault at the 2016 Europeans was the last performance of her career as kidney problems forced her to withdraw from contention for the Rio Olympic Team.

10. Most recent titles:

  • Team: 2016
  • All-Around: Aliya Mustafina, 2013
  • Vault: Maria Paseka, 2015
  • Uneven Bars: Daria Spridinova, 2015
  • Balance Beam: Aliya Mustafina, 2016
  • Floor Exercise: Angelina Melnikova, 2017


Watch Russia’s History at Europeans in the all-around, vault, bars, beam and floor.


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