Ksenia Dudkina

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Ksenia Dudkina
Ksenia Dudkina 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ksenia Pavlovna Dudkina
Country represented  Russia
Born (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 23)
Omsk, Omsk Oblast, Russia
Hometown Omsk
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level senior international elite
Club Gazprom
Gym Novogorsk
Head coach(es) Irina Viner
Assistant coach(es) Elena Arais & Vera Shtelbaums
Retired 2013

Ksenia Pavlovna Dudkina (Russian: Ксения Павловна Дудкина; born 25 February 1995) is a Russian group rhythmic gymnast from Omsk, Russia. She is the 2012 Olympics Group All-around champion, the 2011 World Group All-around silver medalist, 2013 World Group All-around bronze medalist, 2012 European Group All-around gold medalist, (2013, 2012) World Cup Final Group All-around champion and 2010 Youth Olympic Games Group All-around champion.

Career[edit]

Ksenia Dudkina (first right) in 5 Balls final at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Dudkina was trained by Elena Arais (daughter of Vera Shtelbaums, who is Evgenia Kanaeva's personal coach) before she started competing in group. Dudkina became an Honored Master of Sports of Russia in 2011.

Dudkina is from Omsk Oblast, also home to two-time Olympic champion Evgenia Kanaeva, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Irina Tchachina, Soviet World champion Galima Shugurova, and 1987 World Champion Tatiana Druchinina. Dudkina like Kanaeva is an honorary citizen of Omsk.

As a junior, she and the Russian Group won the gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. She competed as member of the senior Russian Group at the 2011 World Championships. She was part of the golden winning Russian Group at the 2012 European Championships and at the World Cup Final in Minsk.

Dudkina won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the group all-around event together with other group members (Uliana Donskova, Anastasia Bliznyuk, Alina Makarenko, Anastasia Nazarenko, Karolina Sevastyanova)[1] For six months leading up to the Olympic Games, the Russian gymnasts only ate buckwheat in their diet.[2] She was one of the youngest member of the Russian Group in the 2012 Olympics at only 17 years old.

Dudkina 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. At the Sofia World Cup they won the silver medal in all-around and gold in 2 ribbons/3 balls final. At the Minsk World Cup they won gold in all-around, silver in 2 ribbons/3 balls and bronze in 10 clubs. Dudkina and the rest Russian Group won all the gold medals at the 2013 Summer Universiade in All-around, 10 clubs and 2 ribbons/3 balls. The Russian Group won the gold medals in Group All-around, 10 clubs and 2 ribbons/3 balls at the 2013 World Cup Final in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dudkina and her Russian teammates won the Group All-around bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships, they won gold in 2 Ribbon + 3 Balls final. Dudkina along with rest of the remaining Russian Group Olympians completed their careers after the World Championships. Irina Viner has stated about their dismissal and retirements: "We have made drastic changes in the composition of the group. All the girls, who a year ago at the Olympic Games were the first after the World Cup series had to say goodbye to the sport. They did not show in Kiev what could and should have been shown. The "star disease" should not be left on the carpet. And I always say that as long as you're standing on a pedestal - you're a winner, but as soon as you had gone down from it- you're no one to call you in any way".[3]

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music [4] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russia take Group gold". London2012.com. August 12, 2012. Archived from the original on August 23, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Рассказова, И. (August 21, 2012). Олимпийская чемпионка Анастасия Близнюк: Вечером после победы в Лондоне ужинали… пять раз! . Sovetsky Sport (in Russian). 
  3. ^ "Star disease had ruined Russian team in the exercise group at the Kiev World Championship". Itar-Tass. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Russia Group RG music list". rgforum. 

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