Ksenia Semyonova

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Ksenia Semyonova
— Gymnast —
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Semyonova in 2009
Personal information
Full name Ksenia Andreyevna Semyonova
Country represented  Russia
Born (1992-10-20) October 20, 1992 (age 22)
Tula, Russia
Residence Moscow
Height 154 centimetres (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 48 kilograms (106 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior
Years on national team 2006 – 2011
Club CSKA Moscow
Gym "Lake Krugloe"
Head coach(es) Marina Nazarova
Assistant coach(es) Nadezhda Nabokova
Choreographer Olga Burova
Music Puttin' On The Ritz (2008), Tango Colegiales/Murga Tango(2009-2010), Clubbed To Death (2010-2011)
Eponymous skills Beam: Full turn with leg held in back attitude
Floor: Double turn with leg held in back attitude
Retired 2012

Ksenia Andreyevna Semyonova (Russian: Ксения Андреевна Семёнова) born October 20, 1992, in Tula, Russia, is a retired Russian artistic gymnast. She is the 2007 world champion on the uneven bars, and the 2008 European Champion on the uneven bars and the balance beam. Semyonova is the 2009 European all-around champion. She also won a gold medal with the Russian team at the 2010 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

2007[edit]

Semyonova's initial international success was at the WOGA Classic in January, where she placed first on uneven bars and balance beam. She continued her success as part of the Russian team at the Gymnix International in Montreal, scoring an exceptional 15.95 on uneven bars, blowing away the rest of the field with her world leading start value of 7.2. She also won balance beam with an exceptional 15.85 and placed 3rd in floor exercise. In March at the Russian National Championships, she helped the Central region to victory in the team competition, won the uneven bars with 15.975 and took 3rd on beam. Semyonova was unable to compete at the European championships in April but returned to win the uneven bars competition at the Russian Cup in July. Her main competition of the year came at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in September, where she succeeded in becoming world champion on the uneven bars, scoring 16.35 over Nastia Liukin and Yang Yilin, making her the first Russian world champion in gymnastics since her idol Svetlana Khorkina.

2008[edit]

Semyonova's first major meet came in April with the European championships, where she helped Russia take silver in the team competition and secured gold in both the uneven bars and the balance beam, with scores of 15.9 and 15.95 respectively. In May she competed at the Moscow Stars World Cup, where she won another gold on the bars, scoring 16.075. Her success continued in June when she finished 2nd at the Dutch Open, behind Anna Pavlova, the two of them leading an all Russian sweep of places first to sixth. Semyonova had problems during the Russian Cup in July, where she fell on beam in qualifications and on vault in the all around final, but she still managed to take silver behind her teammate Afanasyeva.

Aged just 15, Semyonova represented Russia at the 2008 Summer Olympics and placed fourth in the all-around, just out of medal contention. Semyonova's team was considered to be one of the top four competitive teams (along with China, the USA, and Romania), but narrowly missed an opportunity to medal in Beijing, trailing the third place Romanian team by less than a full point. Semyonova also placed sixth in the uneven bars competition. In the team preliminaries, she placed eighth overall on balance beam; her excellent scores almost qualified her to compete in the balance beam finals. However, only two athletes from each country may compete in the event finals. Her teammates Anna Pavlova and Afanasyeva qualified in sixth and seventh place, edging her out of the competition. Semyonova and Afanasyeva both earned a score of 15.775, but the tie-breaking rules gave the advantage to Afanasyeva. Semyonova competed in the uneven bars finals, placing a respectable 6th, but was left behind the front runners Nastia Liukin, Yang Yilin, He Kexin and Beth Tweddle because of a deficit in start value, which Semyonova had little time to upgrade due to her determination to excel in the all-around competition. Semyonova ended the season with a wrist injury that prevented her from competing at the World Cup finals in Madrid.

2009[edit]

Semyonova started her season at the Russian National Championships, where she placed second in the all around to outstanding junior Aliya Mustafina. She won the uneven bars and floor exercise to book her place on the European championships squad. Semyonova placed first in the all-around competition at the 2009 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Milan, Italy, just ahead of her teammate Afanasyeva. In the event finals, she was second on the uneven bars behind Beth Tweddle of the United Kingdom and third on floor, behind Tweddle and the 2006 World Champion, the Italian Vanessa Ferrari. Semyonova also qualified for the balance beam final and finished in fifth place with an uncharacteristically shaky routine. In July she suffered a minor injury to her wrist, keeping her out of the Russian Cup, but was confirmed to the Russian team for the world championships in October along with Yekaterina Kurbatova, Anna Myzdrikova and Afanasyeva, who eventually withdrew due to an injury. After a qualifying round marred by wobbles and a fall on her floor routine, she was 10th going into the all-around but failed to make any event finals. Another fall from the uneven bars during the first rotation prevented her from a better placement and she finished 13th overall.

2010[edit]

The season was marred by injuries for Semyonova, who had to sit out the earlier competitions to rest a painful back injury. Nevertheless, she competed at the European championships in Brussels on floor and beam and qualified for the floor final, from which she eventually gave up her spot to let her teammate Anna Myzdrikova (who went on to win the silver medal) compete. She also contributed to Russia's win in the team final. Semyonova was selected to compete at the world championships in Rotterdam, again only competing in two events. Whereas her beam routine in the qualifying round was steady and well-executed, she counted two falls in her floor exercise on her opening pass (double layout) and on her double pike. Another steady beam routine helped her team to win Russia's first team world title in history and earned Semyonova her second world title.

Retirement[edit]

Another injury forced Semyonova out of training after the 2010 World Championships. She retired in 2011 and became an international judge. In 2014, she married Russian gymnast Denis Ablyazin.[1]

Routines[edit]

As of 2009, Ksenia performed the following routines:

Apparatus Skills D Score
Vault Yurchenko 1½ 5.3
Uneven Bars Glide kip cast to HS (KCHS), Stalder shoot to HB (Ray); KCHS, Pike stalder (Inbar) 1½, straddled jaegar; KCHS, Inbar ½, Inbar full, Deltchev; KCHS, Pak salto, KCHS, stadler 1/2 Toe shoot to HB; Toe-on full to piked double Arabian dismount 6.5
Balance Beam Swing to handstand mount; switch split leap; front aerial, flip-flop, pike back salto; side somi; aerial cartwheel; full turn with leg at Horizontal; sheep jump; onodi, flip-flop, layout stepout; sissone, split jump; roundoff (RO) double pike dismount 6.0
Floor Exercise Double Layout ; 2½ twist punch layout barani; Switch ring, Split leap full; Double turn with leg in attitude (Semyonova); 1½ twist punch layout front full; Double pike dismount 5.6

Special skills[edit]

Semyonova performs the "Tkatchev to immediate giant full" combination on the uneven bars and may be the first female gymnast to perform it (but the combination [toe-on] Tkatchev to immediate giant was already performed by former gymnasts like Elise Ray in 2000's or Roza Galieva in 1993).[2] This move is usually done by men on the horizontal bar. She also performs a Deltchev salto on uneven bars, now an unusual skill in the women's sport and an uncommon piked double Arabian dismount. She has a skill on floor named after her, a double spin in back attitude which carries a D rating under the 2009–12 Code of Points.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2007 World Championships 8th 1st
2008 European Championships 2nd 1st 1st
Olympic Games 4th 4th 6th
2009 European Championships 1st 2nd 5th 3rd
World Championships 13th
2010 European Championships 1st
World Championships 1st
2011 Russian Cup 9th 8th 8th
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2010 World Championships Rotterdam Team 1 175.397 1 234.521
Balance Beam 13 14.458
Floor Exercise 116 12.566
European Championships Birmingham Team 1 169.700 1 168.325
Balance Beam 17 13.600
Floor Exercise WD 5 13.700
2009 World Championships London All-Around 13 54.525 10 54.900
Uneven Bars 10 14.200
Balance Beam 11 14.075
Floor Exercise 46 12.775
European Championships Milan All-Around 1 58.175 1 57.625
Uneven Bars 2 15.500 8 14.425
Balance Beam 5 14.125 3 14.475
Floor Exercise 3 14.625 4 14.400
2008 Olympic Games Beijing Team 4 180.625 3 244.400
All-Around 4 61.925 4 61.475
Uneven Bars 6 16.325 2 16.475
Balance Beam 8 15.775
Floor Exercise 29 14.475
European Championships Clermont-Ferrand Team 2 179.475 2 176.425
Unevne Bars 1 15.900 2 15.875
Balance Beam 1 15.950 9 15.025
Floor Exercise 16 14.475
2007 World Championships Stuttgart Team 8 164.525 4 238.000
Unevne Bars 1 16.350 1 16.325
Balance Beam 14 15.300

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turner, Amanda. "Komova, Kuksenkov Win At Russian Cup". International Gymnast. 
  2. ^ NBC Olympics Biography