Aliya Mustafina won the world all-around title in 2010, and earned four medals, including the bars gold, at the 2012 Olympics.
Mustafina led her team to gold at the Rotterdam World Championships, then won the individual all-around in commanding fashion -- her total was more than a point over second-place finisher Jiang Yuyuan (China). She qualified to all four event finals and earned silver medals on vault, bars, and floor. At just 16, she was already impressively consistent too: she only made one major error in the entire competition (a fall on her Arabian
Knee Injury in 2011:
At the European Championships in April, Mustafina sustained a knee injury
competing an Amanar vault
in the all-around finals. She had surgery for an ACL tear shortly thereafter.
Mustafina came back from her knee injury, however, and earned an impressive medal haul in London. She helped the Russian team win silver, then took bronze in the all-around and on floor. She won the uneven bars gold medal as well.
It was a triumphant comeback for the gymnast, and she was Russia's most decorated gymnast of the Games.
Born September 30, 1994 in Egorevsk, Russia, Mustafina has a sister, Nailya, who is also an elite gymnast. She trains at Moscow's Central Sport Army Club (CSKA) and is coached by Aleksandr Aleksandrov, Olga Sikorro and Sergei Zelikson.
- 2012 Olympic Games: 2nd team; 3rd all-around; 1st bars; 3rd floor
- 2011 American Cup: 2nd all-around; 2nd vault; 1st bars; 3rd beam
- 2010 World Championships: 1st team; 1st all-around; 2nd vault; 2nd bars; 2nd floor
- 2010 European Championships: 1st team; 2nd bars; 2nd beam