|Full name||Lyasan Albertovna Utiasheva|
|Alternative name(s)||Liasan Utyasheva|
|Born||28 June 1985|
Rayevskiy, Bashkir ASSR, Soviet Union
|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||50 kg (110 lb)|
|Years on national team||1993|
|Head coach(es)||Irina Viner|
|Assistant coach(es)||Vera Shatalina|
|Former coach(es)||Oxana Skaldina, Alla Yanina|
|Eponymous skills||The Utyasheva - backsplit to backscale to backsplit pivot with help|
Lyasan Albertovna Utiasheva (Russian: Ляйсан Альбертовна Утяшева, Bashkir: Ләйсән Альберт ҡыҙы Үтәшева, born June 28, 1985) is a Russian TV show host, socialite, and former individual rhythmic gymnast, she was a two time Grand Prix Final all-around medalist. Now; Utiasheva is working as a successful businesswoman, founder of the online project «Sila Voli», one of the Ambassadors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and a mother of two children. She was known for her extreme flexibility, her emphasis in point of landing on high releve in her back split pivots led to a career ending injury.
Utiasheva's first coach was Alla Yanina. Irina Viner invited both Utiasheva and her coach to join the Olympic Centre in Moscow, but it was only Utiasheva who moved.
Utiasheva's breakthrough came in 2001 when she placed third at the Russian Championships. She then competed at the 2001 World Cup in Berlin and won gold medals in All-around and the individual apparatus finals in clubs, ball, rope and hoop. At the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan, Utiasheva won four silver medals behind teammate Irina Tchachina in event finals for rope, hoop, ball and clubs. Utiasheva won the all-around silver medal at the 2001 Grand Prix Final in Deventer, she also won 2 gold medals in the apparatus finals in clubs and rope. She was a member of the Russian team that won gold at the 2001 World Championships in Madrid but they were later disqualified due to Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tchachina testing positive for a banned diuretic.
In September 2002, Utiasheva hurt her foot on a bad landing while training in Samara but the X-ray revealed no fracture so she continued training and competing for the next eight months. At the 2002 Grand Prix Final in Innsbruck, Utiasheva felt pain in her feet after her ringjump and withdrew from the competition after the hoop final. At a specialist clinic in Berlin, magnetic resonance tomography showed that the navicular bone of both her feet had numerous fractures. She underwent surgery and returned to the sport briefly in 2004 but, unable to perform her jumps, she retired from competition and completed her career in 2006.
Utiasheva continued performing in galas and also began coaching. She starred in Alexei Nemov's 2007 show with other rhythmic stars including Yulia Barsukova. She was also one of the judges at the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017 Miss Russia pageants.
Lyasan Utiasheva was born to a Bashkir mother named Zulfi Utyasheva, and a father of mixed Russian, Polish, and Volga Tatar descent named Albert Utyashev. She converted to Orthodox Christianity from Islam. She married Russian actor and comedian Pavel Volya, with whom she has a son, Robert, born in Miami, Florida. She gave birth to a daughter, Sofiya, in Summer 2015.
Routine music information
|Year||Apparatus||Music title |
|2005||Hoop||Trisha / Carson City / Battle in the Boneyard music from Con Air by Mark Mancina|
|Ball||Full Moon and the Shrine by Keiko Matsui|
|Clubs||Obicham Ludo by Malina|
|Rope||El Tango De Roxanne music from Moulin Rouge by Ewan Mcgregor, Jose Feliciano, Jacek Koman|
|2004||Hoop||Trisha / Carson City / Battle in the Boneyard music from Con Air by Mark Mancina|
|Ball||Full Moon and the Shrine by Keiko Matsui|
|Clubs||Oh Yeah by Yello|
|Ribbon||Summertime music from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin|
|2002||Hoop||Gypsy Dance music from Don Quixote by Leon Minkus|
|Ball||Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven|
|Clubs||A Gusta / Journey to Shambala / Hindi Sad Diamonds by Safri Duo / Oliver Shanti / Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo, Alka Ya|
|Rope||Straight to Number One / Big Beat / Tango in Harlem by Touch and Go|
|2001||Hoop||Nirbandh by Eastern Voices|
|Ball||Act II: Un bel di vedremo (Butterfly) usic from Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini|
|Clubs||Kismet by Bond|
|Rope||Keys to Imagination by Yanni|
|2000||Hoop||It Ain't Necessarily So / I've Got Rhythm by George Gershwin / Benjamin Goodman|
|Ball||Norwegian Mountains / Reflection / The Heat by Oystein Sevag / Peter Gabriel|
|Rope||Fantasia de Asturias by Isaac Manuel Francisco Albeniz|
|Ribbon||Keys to Imagination by Yanni|
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