Viktoria Komova

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Viktoria Komova
— Gymnast —
Viktoria Komova1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Viktoria Aleksandrovna Komova
Nickname(s) Vika
Country represented  Russia
Born (1995-01-30) 30 January 1995 (age 20)
Voronezh, Russia
Hometown Voronezh, Russia
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 48 kg (106 lb)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Club Dynamo Sports Club
Gym "Lake Krugloe"
Head coach(es) Gennady Yelfimov
Assistant coach(es) Olga Bulgakova
Choreographer Nadezhda Sezina
Eponymous skills

Uneven Bars: Clear pike circle backward through handstand with flight and ½ turn (180°) to hang on high bar

Uneven Bars: Clear pike circle backwards through handstand with flight to hang on high bar

Viktoria Aleksandrovna Komova (Russian: Виктория Александровна Комова; born 30 January 1995) is a Russian artistic gymnast. She is the 2010 Youth Olympics All Around Champion, Uneven Bars Champion, Vault Champion, and Floor Exercise bronze medalist, the 2011 World Uneven Bars Champion and All Around silver medalist, and the 2012 Olympics All Around silver medalist.

Personal information[edit]

Viktoria Komova was born in Voronezh, Russia to Vera Kolesnikova and Alexander Komov. Her mother is the 1986 Goodwill Games All Around Champion and her father was also a gymnast.[2] She has an older brother, Alexander, who is nicknamed Sasha.[3]

Komova began gymnastics when she was four years old. She said, "My mother was my coach during the first three years after I started artistic gymnastics." When she was seven years old, Gennady Yelfimov became her coach. "Now gymnastics is my life," Komova said in 2010. "I can't imagine my life without it. I want to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics and maybe for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics."[2]

Junior career[edit]


Komova with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and medalists of the Russian team that participated in the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics on 30 August 2010.

At the end of April, Komova competed at the 2010 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She contributed an all around score of 57.050 toward the Russian team's first-place finish. Individually, she won the all around final with a score of 58.375. In event finals, she placed first on vault scoring 14.425 and second on balance beam scoring 14.625.[4]

In August, Komova competed at the Youth Olympics Games in Singapore. Before the competitions she said, "It is a big responsibility being the only Russian gymnast competing. There is a lot of pressure on my shoulders because I won the European Junior Championships. I hope I will earn a medal either in the all around or on an apparatus and hopefully it will be Gold.”[2] She won the all around competition with a score of 61.250.[5] In event finals, she placed first on vault scoring 15.312, first on uneven bars scoring 14.525, seventh on balance beam scoring 12.000, and third on floor scoring 14.175.[6][7]

In November, Komova competed at the "Freddy Cup" Italian Grand Prix in Cagliari, Sardinia. She placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.500 and second on balance beam scoring 14.600.[8]

In December, Komova sprained her ankle while walking through the gym. Russian head coach, Andrei Rodionenko said, "This injury had no relation to training. The gymnast was just moving through the gym. She will begin rehabilitation shortly. The recovery time is still unclear, according to the doctors. Now everything is in the hands of medicine."[9]

At the end of the year, Komova told International Gymnast Magazine, "The best moment in 2010 was my birthday present, a Shih tzu puppy (named Kutya). And, of course, I have very bright and cheerful memories of my performances at the European championships and the first Youth Olympic Games. New Year's Eve for us is a family holiday and we always celebrate at home. Since we all love pizza, and my mom makes it very tasty, we help her prepare it along with other food for the New Year — all kinds of salads, meat dishes, side dishes. At midnight, it's our tradition to pop open the champagne, wish each other 'Happy New Year,' give presents and watch the fireworks, which are organized in each city. Then we go out and get together with the neighbors for more fireworks and various amusements. In the New Year I really want to quickly recover from my injury and prepare for the Russian championships, to perform successfully at the European and world championships, as well as pass my school exams."[3]

Senior career[edit]


In February, Komova re-injured her ankle at the Russian Championships.[10]

In May, Komova had arthroscopic surgery on her right ankle at the Sporthopaedicum Clinic in Germany to tighten the loose ligaments in her ankle. Her coach Alexander Alexandrov said, "The (Russian) doctors had different opinions. Some recommended an operation, the others insisted no operation was needed. And so that whole story dragged out until the examination in Germany. There the doctors said right away that an operation was needed, since if one were not done, she could keep getting re-injured over and over."[10]

In July, Komova resumed training. Alexandrov said, "Vika is training now, but not quite at full strength. She does the general part with everyone, and then has an individual plan. We are hoping that she can compete at the world championships."[10]

In August, Komova competed at the Russian Cup in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She placed second in the all around competition with a score of 58.875.[11] In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.875 and first on balance beam scoring 15.525.[12][13] Valentina Rodionenko said, "Vika Komova was supposed to do two events since she's not fully recovered from injury. But she wanted to do a watered-down routine on floor and also on vault. The events where she's fully recovered, she won. But we still have time to pull together the other two events, while still protecting her. If we can pull her together by October, then she will be number one on the team."[14]

In September, Komova competed at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup event in Ghent, Belgium. She placed first on uneven bars with a score of 15.650.[15]

Later in September, Komova competed at the Dinamo Cup in Penza, Russia. She won the all around competition with a score of 58.350.[16] In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.667, first on balance beam scoring 15.134, and fifth on floor scoring 13.567.[17]

In October, Komova competed at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She contributed an all around score of 58.265 towards the Russian team's second-place finish.[18] In the all around final, Komova placed second with a score of 59.349.[19] Komova said, "My vault was not as fully ready as it should have been. On beam I had mistakes and my bars were not very well done. My floor routine was mediocre. Today, on a beam I did not make some connections, therefore, that's why the lower score. So (this ranking is) deserved. But the Olympics are ahead."[20] In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars scoring 15.500 and eighth on balance beam scoring 13.766.[21]


In May, Komova competed at the European Championships in Brussels, Belgium. She contributed scores of 15.508 on uneven bars and 14.916 on balance beam toward the Russian team's second-place finish. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars with a score of 15.666 and sixth on balance beam with a score of 13.100[22]

In June, Komova competed at the Russian Cup in Penza, Russia. She won the all around competition with a score of 60.767.[23] In event finals, she placed third on uneven bars scoring 15.100, first on balance beam scoring 15.325, and second on floor scoring 14.300.[24][25]

London Olympics[edit]

Komova with her silver medal following the individual all around final at London 2012

At the end of July, Komova competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. She qualified in first place for the all around final with a score of 60.632,[26] third for the uneven bars final with a score of 15.833, and second for the balance beam final with a score of 15.266.[27] In the team final, she contributed scores of 15.833 on vault, 15.766 on uneven bars, and 15.033 on balance beam towards the Russian team's second-place finish.[28] In the all around final, she placed second with a score of 15.466 on vault, 15.966 on the uneven bars, 15.441 on the balance beam, and 15.100 on the floor exercise giving her an all around score of 61.973.[29] In an interview following the competition, Komova said, "I am proud about what I’ve done today although I am a bit disappointed because I wanted to win the Gold. I think I did well, the vault was not very successful but overall I did well."[30] In the uneven bars final she placed 5th with a score of 15.666.[31] In the balance beam final she placed 8th with a score of 13.166.[32] Following the event finals, Komova said, "I was not very lucky at these Olympics. I failed them 100 percent. I don't know if I will continue sports. I will go back home take some time off and think through the situation. My parents say everything is okay, but I don't feel that."[33]


Komova took a break from competition to rest a back injury. She said, "I haven't disappeared, I still train at Round Lake. In competition I have a temporary break. Maybe I'll come back for the University Games in Kazan, but that will depend on being accepted to university. In the summer I'll finish school and I have to apply. If I don't go to the University Games, I will go a little later to a World Cup, this is for sure. Also competing at the World Championships in September is definitely not out of the question, of course!"[34] In late August she was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis[35] and was unable to compete at the World Championships. Later in the year she planned to compete but backed out due to a lack of preparation.


Komova made her return to competition at the 2014 Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Penza in April. She placed 47th in the senior all-around with a total score of 40.767, not competing on floor exercise.[36] In the team final, Komova contributed scores of 14.467 on vault and 15.333 on uneven bars towards the Central Federal District region's first-place finish.[37] In the senior uneven bars final, Komova placed 8th with a score of 11.467, having fallen off twice.[38] She also performed an exhibition on balance beam, earning a score of 14.367.[38]

Following her performance at the Russian Championships, she was named to the team for the 30th European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Komova was slated to compete on 2 apparatuses, bars and beam. Only days afterward, she was removed from the roster and slated to undergo surgery in Germany on her right ankle.[39] Ekaterina Kramarenko was called in to replace Komova however she withdrew shortly after due to illness. Anna Rodionova was selected to replace Kramarenko. Andrei Rodionenko commented that, despite her injury and time off to recover, Komova has a good shot at making the Worlds team due to her experience. [40] However, as of September 19th, 2014, she was taken out of worlds contention due to an ankle injury. [41]

After her surgery in Germany, Komova returned to Russia, where she was assigned to the Gymnastics Gala in Mexico. There, she competed watered down beam and floor routines. She returned to the all around at a small Hungarian meet. Even though she had watered down routines on all the apparatus except for the uneven bars, she was very clean and won the competition. In December she was slated to compete at the Voronin Cup alongside former Olympic teammates Ksenia Afanasyeva and Anastasia Grishina, both of whom are recovering from injuries of their own.


In June of 2015, Komova made her return to major international competition at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Competing on a three-person team with Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, Komova won the team gold medal. Individually, she had an all-around score of 56.965, third-highest of the competition, but as the only scores higher were by her own teammates, she did not qualify into the individual all-around final.[42]

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2007 Voronin Cup (Junior) 1st 1st
2008 WOGA Classic 3rd
Pacific Rim Championships (Junior) 6th 3rd 8th 4th 4th 7th
Massilia Gym Cup 11th 7th
Voronin Cup (Junior) 1st 1st 2nd 1st
2009 European Youth Olympic Festival 1st 1st 3rd 1st 1st 6th
Japan Junior International 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd
Voronin Cup (Junior) 1st 1st 1st
2010 National Championships 1st 2nd
European Championships (Junior) 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st
Youth Olympic Games 1st 1st 1st 7th 3rd
Italian Grand Prix 1st 2nd
2011 National Championships 1st 3rd 4th
Russian Cup 2nd 1st 1st
Ghent World Cup 1st 5th
Dinamo International 1st 1st 1st 5th
World Championships 2nd 2nd 1st 8th WD
Massilia Gym Cup 1st 1st 1st 2nd
Italian Grand Prix 1st 1st
Voronin Cup 1st 1st 1st 1st
2012 Switzerland vs. Great Britain vs. Russia 1st
European Championships 2nd 1st 6th
Russian Cup 1st 1st 2nd 1st 2nd
Olympic Games 2nd 2nd 5th 8th
2013 did not compete
2014 National Championships 1st 8th
Russian Cup 3rd 1st
KSI Cup (Senior) 1st 1st 1st 2nd
2015 National Championships 1st 5th 5th
European Games 1st
Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2010 Youth Olympics Games Singapore All-Around 1 61.250 1 61.000
Vault 1 15.312 1 15.400
Uneven Bars 1 14.525 1 15.600
Balance Beam 7 12.000 2 15.150
Floor Exercise 3 14.175 1 14.550
2011 World Championships Tokyo Team 2 175.329 2 231.062
All-Around 2 59.349 1 60.157
Uneven Bars 1 15.500 1 15.733
Balance Beam 8 13.766 1 15.400
Floor Exercise WD 5 14.491
2012 European Championships Brussels Team 2 175.536 2 172.562
Uneven Bars 1 15.666 1 15.508
Balance Beam 6 13.100 3 14.916
Olympic Games London Team 2 178.530 2 180.429
All-Around 2 61.973 1 60.632
Uneven Bars 5 15.666 3 15.833
Balance Beam 8 13.166 2 15.266
Floor Exercise 28 13.900
2015 European Games Baku Team 1 116.897
All-Around 3 56.965
Uneven Bars 4 14.866
Balance Beam 4 14.233
Floor Exercise 15 13.300

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