Anna Pavlova (gymnast)

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Anna Pavlova
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Personal information
Full name Anna Anatolyevna Pavlova
Nickname(s) Anya, Pavs
Country represented  Azerbaijan
Former countries represented  Russia
Born (1987-09-06) September 6, 1987 (age 29)
Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
Hometown Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Russia
Height 152 cm (5 ft 0 in)
Weight 43 kg (95 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Years on national team 2000-2008 (Russia)
2013-15 (Azerbaijan)
Club Dinamo
Head coach(es) Nataliya Pavlova
Assistant coach(es) Leonid Arkaev
Music 2008- 'Exodus' by Maksim; 2006- 'Allegretto' by Bond; 2004- 'Winter' by Bond
Retired December 15, 2015

Anna Anatolyevna Pavlova (Russian: А́нна Анато́льевна Па́влова; born September 6, 1987, in Orekhovo-Zuyevo) is a Russian-born artistic gymnast who later competed for Azerbaijan. Competing for Russia, she won two bronze medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Competing for Azerbaijan, she was the 2014 European silver medallist on vault. She was well known for her balletic style and clean technique.[1]

Pavlova retired in 2015 at the age of 28.



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, Pavlova 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 fought 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 behind 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 she finished fourth behind Romania's Alexandra Georgiana 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 and also made the finals on vault, beam and floor. In the team final, Russia finished fourth, letting Romania slip by to get bronze. In the vault final, Pavlova scored 0 on her second vault because she started before the green light was lit. In the floor final, she was still unsettled from the vault competition and did not perform well. Two days later, she finished fourth in the balance beam final, 0.050 behind China's Cheng Fei.

Pavlova (centre) at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

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."

Before her injury, Pavlova placed third on vault in Stuttgart.[2] At the time of the injury, she was ranked third in the world on beam and vault.[3]


In August 2009, Pavlova resumed training.[1] At the end of September, she 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.[4]

Pavlova appeared at the 2010 Russian Nationals in March 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 Iordache. 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.

Nationality change[edit]

"The decision to move to another team appeared quite recently. I was training hard, competing, I was trying hard, but despite my results I have provided during the selection competitions for the past several years, I haven’t been included even into the reserve for the Russian National team, not mentioning the selection for the international competitions."
Sportbox, 2013[5]

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.[1] 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.[1]


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 Giulia 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.

2015: Retirement[edit]

On December 15, 2015, it was announced that Pavlova would retire from elite gymnastics.[6] She has expressed desire to continue in the sport, as a gymnastics coach with her mother.[7]

Floor music[edit]

  • 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

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2003 European Team Gymnastics Championships 1st
World Championships 6th 10th 5th 7th
2004 European Championships 3rd 2nd
Olympic Games 3rd 4th 3rd 4th
World Cup Final 3rd 8th
2005 European Championships 2nd 2nd 3rd
World Championships 7th 5th 6th
2006 World Championships 3rd 19th 5th 4th
World Cup Final 4th 4th
2008 European Championships 2nd
Olympic Games 4th 7th 8th 4th 8th
2011 National Championships 2nd 2nd 6th 6th 6th
Russian Cup 8th 1st
2012 National Championships 2nd 5th 1st 6th 8th
Russian Cup 5th 5th 1st 5th 5th
2013 National Championships 1st 7th 3rd 5th 4th
Gym Festival Trnava 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 1st
Russian Cup 3rd 3rd 8th 2nd 4th
Voronin Cup 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd
2014 Ljubljana World Cup 1st 4th
European Championships 2nd
Gym Festival Trnava 1st 1st 3rd 1st 4th
International Bosphorus Tournament 1st 1st 1st 1st
World Championships
Voronin Cup 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 3rd
  • Competitor for Azerbaijan
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2014 World Championships Nanning Team 30 196.328
All-Around 70 51.098
Vault 27 12.699
Uneven Bars 82 12.933
Balance Beam 123 12.166
Floor Exercise 48 13.166
European Championships Sofia Team 16 147.729
Vault 2 14.583 2 14.516
Uneven Bars 41 12.800
Balance Beam 39 12.566
Floor Exercise 40 12.733
  • Competitor for Russia
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2008 Olympic Games Beijing Team 4 180.625 3 244.400
All-Around 7 60.825 5 60.900
Vault 8 7.812 5 15.275
Uneven Bars 35 14.600
Balance Beam 4 15.900 6 15.825
Floor Exercise 8 14.125 7 15.125
European Championships Clermont-Ferrand Team 2 179.475 2 176.425
Vault 5 14.337 3 14.712
Balance Beam 13 14.750
Floor Exercise 5 14.875 7 14.875
2006 World Cup Final São Paulo Vault 4 14.725
Balance Beam 4 15.150
World Championships Aarhus Team 3 177.325 4 234.800
All-Around 19 57.625 15 58.425
Vault 5 14.975 7 14.700
Uneven Bars 36 14.350
Balance Beam 4 15.275 5 15.525
Floor Exercise 69 13.700
2005 World Championships Melbourne All-Around 7 36.387 8 36.174
Vault 5 9.237 5 9.312
Uneven Bars 47 8.362
Balance Beam 6 8.762 4 9.350
Floor Exercise 14 9.125
European Championships Debrecen All-Around 2 37.074 8 35.586
Vault 2 9.312 1 9.356
Uneven Bars 38 8.312
Balance Beam 3 9.325 2 9.287
Floor Exercise 14 8.600
2004 World Cup Final Birmingham Vault 3 9.418
Balance Beam 8 8.850
Olympic Games Athens Team 3 113.235 4 149.420
All-Around 4 38.024 7 37.711
Vault 3 9.475 5 9.437
Uneven Bars 46 9.237
Balance Beam 4 9.587 4 9.637
Floor Exercise 19 9.400
European Championships Amsterdam Team 3 110.423
All-Around 11 35.875
Vault 2 9.381 3 9.450
Uneven Bars 50 8.225
Balance Beam 12 8.950
Floor Exercise 9 9.200
2003 World Championships Anaheim Team 6 108.985 5 145.572
All-Around 10 36.736 6 36.812
Vault 5 9.356 3 9.431
Uneven Bars 76 8.712
Balance Beam 13 9.325
Floor Exercise 7 9.237 8 9.350

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Anna Pavlova Online". Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Score Chart". Anna Pavlova. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Anna Pavlova Online". 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  5. ^ 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]. (in Russian). Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "The All Around Gymnastics News - Timeline - Facebook". 
  7. ^ "Призёр Олимпиады-2004 гимнастка Павлова завершила карьеру". 

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