Alina Makarenko

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Alina Makarenko
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Makarenko (left) at the 3 Ribbons + 2 Hoops final in 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Alina Andreevna Makarenko
Country represented  Russia
Born (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 22)
Elista, Kalmykia, Russia
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Irina Viner
Assistant coach(es) Anna Shumilova
Former coach(es) Tatiana Sergaeva & Inna Bystrova
Retired 2013

Alina Andreevna Makarenko (Russian: Алина Андреевна Макаренко; born 14 January 1995) is a Russian group rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2012 Olympics Group All-around champion, the 2011 World Group All-around silver medalist, 2012 European Group All-around gold medalist and 2010 Youth Olympic Games Group All-around champion.

Career[edit]

(L-R) Ksenia Dudkina, Alina Makarenko, Anastasia Nazarenko, Uliana Donskova and Anastasia Bliznyuk in 5 Balls final at the 2012 Summer Olympics

As a junior, Makarenko competed as an individual gymnast but switched to competing in the Russian Group under Russian Head Coach Irina Viner. She and the Russian Junior Group won the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. She was again part of the group that competed at the 2011 World Championships.

Makarenko was a member of the Russian Group that competed at the 2011 World Championships. She was part of the gold medal winning Russian Group at the 2012 European Championships and at the World Cup Final in Minsk. She won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the group all-around event together with other group members (Uliana Donskova, Anastasia Bliznyuk, Ksenia Dudkina, Anastasia Nazarenko, Karolina Sevastyanova).[1]

For six months leading up to the Olympic Games, the Russian gymnasts only ate buckwheat in their diet.[2]

Makarenko and the rest of the Russian Group returned to competition at the 2013 Moscow Grand Prix where they won the all-around, at the Thiais Grand Prix they also won the all-around gold medal as well as in the event finals. They competed at their first World Cup competition of the season in Lisboa, Portugal where they won bronze in all-around and won the gold medal in 10 clubs and 2 ribbons/3 balls final. She suffered a knee injury and was temporarily replaced by Diana Borisova in the Russian Group.

Struggling with injuries, Makarenko finally retired from competitive gymnastics.

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music [3] Apparatus Rank Score-Final Rank Score-Qualifying
2012 Olympics London All-around 1st 57.000 1st 56.375
Giselle by Adolphe Adams 5 Balls 1st 28.700 1st 28.375
( Knock on Wood / Tough Lover / At Last / Oye )
by Safri Duo / Christina Aguilera / Kenny G / Gloria Estefan
3 Ribbons / 2 Hoops 1st 28.300 1st 28.000

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