Anna Pavlova (gymnast)
|— Gymnast —|
|Full name||Anna Anatolyevna Pavlova|
|Former countries represented||Russia|
September 6, 1987 |
Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||152 centimetres (5 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||43 kilograms (95 lb)|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||Senior International Elite|
|Years on national team||2000-2008 (Russia)
|Head coach(es)||Nataliya Pavlova|
|Assistant coach(es)||Leonid Arkaev|
|Music||2008- 'Exodus' by Maksim; 2006- 'Allegretto' by Bond; 2004- 'Winter' by Bond|
Anna Anatolyevna Pavlova (Russian: А́нна Анато́льевна Па́влова, born September 6, 1987, Orekhovo-Zuyevo), is a Russian artistic gymnast now competing for Azerbaijan. Competing for Russia, she was a double bronze medalist (team, vault) at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Competing for Azerbaijan, she is the 2014 European silver medalist on vault. She is well known for her balletic style and clean technique. She is trained by her mother Nataliya Evgenevna Pavlova. Her best events are the Balance Beam and Vault. She has been described as "one of the most talented gymnasts of the last fifteen years," but also one of the most unlucky.
Pavlova first emerged on the international gymnastics scene in 2000, winning a gold medal on the uneven bars at the Junior European Championships. Although she was too young to compete as a senior at the World Championships in 2001, she was allowed to participate in the Goodwill Games, where she earned a silver medal on the balance beam. In 2001 Pavlova won the junior women's nationals, which was her biggest accomplishment of her career so far. In 2002, still too young to compete internationally as a senior, Anna won the Russian National Championships and picked up four medals, including team, vault and all-around gold, at the Junior European Championships.
Pavlova competed at the 2003 World Championships during her first year as a senior gymnast, where the Russian team finished sixth. Pavlova herself did not earn an individual medal; she had qualified for the individual all-around and floor finals, but mistakes prevented her from placing among the top three.
In 2004, Pavlova competed in the European Championships team competition. She fell from the uneven bars, which she was a favorite to win, and didn't qualify for the all-around. Later that year, Pavlova claimed the Russian national title and made the Russian Olympic team.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens Greece, Pavlova produced arguably her best performance to date. The Russian team clawed their way back onto the medal podium, finishing third behind Romania and the United States. In the individual All-Around, she placed fourth and missed the bronze medal by a fraction 0.025 to China's Zhang Nan. Still, Pavlova came back to win an individual bronze medal on the vault during the event finals, narrowly missing silver, whilst a mistake in beam finals cost her a medal and finished fourth behind Romania's Alexandra Eremia. Her floor music at the Olympics was "Winter" by Bond.
Pavlova is one of the few Russian gymnasts from the 2004 Olympic Team who opted to continue competing, winning silver all-around at the 2005 European Championships. She also competed in the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, where she qualified to the All Around final, as well as the Vault and Beam apparatus finals. The following year, Pavlova competed at the 2006 World Championships where she won a bronze medal with the Russian team. She once again qualified to the All Around, Vault and Beam finals.
She was named to the Russian Olympic Team for the 2008 Summer Olympics. On August 10, 2008, in the preliminary round, she performed her floor routine to "Exodus" by Maksim. She qualified fifth for the All-Around Final in Beijing, and also made the final of the Vault, Beam and Floor events. At the Team Final, Russia finished fourth, letting Romania slip by to get bronze. On the Vault Final, at her second vault, she scored a 0-score, due to a miscue, where she started her vault before the green light was lit. On the Floor Final, she was still unsettled after her zero score in Vault, and did not perform well. Two days later, she performed better in the Balance Beam final, finishing 4th, 0.050 behind China's Cheng Fei.
In November 2008, Pavlova tore two ligaments in her knee during her beam dismount at the DTB World Cup event in Stuttgart. Surgery was required to reattach the ligaments. Pavlova told a Russian sports website:
"I hope, of course, that I’ll be able to return to gymnastics, but I don’t have full confidence in that yet."
In August of 2009, Pavlova resumed training. At the end of September, Anna began competing at the local level. She participated in the All Russia Dinamo competition and won gold on the uneven bars and bronze on the balance beam. After having competed at several local competitions, her first big meet was scheduled to be the 2009 Voronin Memorial that took place just days after the loss of her father. As a result, she had to withdraw. Anna made a strong comeback at the 2010 Russian Nationals in March, where she appeared with a heavily bandaged knee. Although she didn't compete full-difficulty routines, she placed a respectable 10th in the individual all-around, she won the gold medal with her team, the Central Federal District and she posted the highest score on vault to qualify for the event final, where she finished 5th.
In 2011, Pavlova competed in the 2011 Trnava Cup, finishing second behind Larisa Iordiache. Later that year, she competed in the Voronin Cup, finishing 5th in the all-around. She finished third in vault finals, despite a fall on her second vault, a layout Podkopayeva (Yurchenko 1/2 turn on, layout front somersault 1/2). Later that day, she finished 3rd again on beam, despite a near-fall on her 2.5 twist dismount.
Pavlova began to compete for Azerbaijan in November 2013, saying that Russian gymnastics did not give her sufficient scope. She explained that she had always been interested in international competition, and Russian gymnastics did not give her the opportunities she wanted. The reason for this was that the Russian national coaches had not selected her for any major international meet since her knee surgery at the end of 2008. Some have speculated that this was because the Russian selectors had not forgiven her for her miscue at the 2008 Olympics, which resulted in a score of zero.
It is also possible that politics may have come into it. Pavlova stated that "her vocal opposition to the political decisions" may have gone against her.
Pavlova was selected to compete at the 2014 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships along with another former Russian gymnast, Yulia Inshina. She qualified second into the vault finals behind Guilia Steingruber with a score of 14.516. In the vault finals, she scored a 14.583 which earned her the silver medal. This was her first medal at a major international meet since 2008 and the first medal she won competing for Azerbaijan. This was also Azerbaijan's first ever medal at the European Gymnastics Championships.
- 2008-2010: "Exodus" by Maksim Mrvica
- 2006-2007: "Juno and Avos" by Alexei Rybnikov
- 2006: "Allegretto" by Bond
- 2004-2005: "Wintersun" by Bond
- 2003: "Korobushka" by Bond
- 2000: "Smuglyanka" by Shvedov
|World Cup Final||3rd||8th|
|World Cup Final||4th||4th|
|Gym Festival Trnava||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||1st|
|2014||Ljubljana World Cup||1st||4th|
|Gym Festival Trnava||1st||1st||3rd||1st||4th|
- Competitor for Azerbaijan
- Competitor for Russia
|2006||World Cup Final||Sao Paulo||Vault||4||14.725|
|2004||World Cup Final||Birmingham||Vault||3||9.418|
- "Anna Pavlova Online". Anna-pavlova.net. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
- "Score Chart". Anna Pavlova. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
- "Anna Pavlova Online". Anna-pavlova.net. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
- Maria, Tsyruleva (12 December 2013). "Анна Павлова: До последнего пыталась пробиться в сборную России" [Anna Pavlova: I tried my best to get into the Russian team]. Sportbox.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 22 September 2014.
- Anna Pavlova Official Site
- Anna Pavlova Online
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