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If you are an avid fan of Maria Paseka, you'd know that she has been dealing with serious injuries as long as we can remember.

The Russian gymnast, who is now in Germany undergoing a medical check up, gave an interview to vtbrussia.ru, where she talked about her health issues.

The 22 year old gymnast revealed that she has been suffering from pain since she was 13 years old.

She said that after the Rio Olympics, where she won two silver medals, her country's doctors told her that she may become disabled and end up in a wheel chair because of her back injuries 

In Germany, she wants the doctor who treated compatriot and bobsledder Irina Skvortsova, to operate on her back.

Skvortsova was left fighting for her life following a high speed collision during a training run in Germany back in 2009. She sustained over 30 critical surgical interventions and spent eleven months in the hospital, two of which in an induced coma, before making a full recovery.

"Her case was very complicated and this doctor ended up being practically the only one who said he’d be able to put her back on her feet," said Paseka. "I trust him."

While she can train with her injuries, she is tired of being in pain all the time.

"The thought of having to go to the gym again, putting all these heating balms on my back that I’m already allergic to… This thought isn’t very inspiring."

Paseka has also added that she will be facing serious problems if she were to give birth.

Despite the injury, she is not thinking of retirement.

Maria Paseka and Viktoria Komova are the only gymnasts on the Russian London Olympic team who have no children at the moment.

Anastasia Grishina gave birth to a baby boy in 2016 while Aliya Mustafina and Ksenia Afanasyeva had their children in 2017.

Mustafina, whose last competition was the Rio Olympic Games, officially announced her comeback and is set to compete at the Russian championships next year.

According to Paseka, Afanasyeva is considering a comeback. However, the two time World champion said that she would never return to the sport after she gives birth.

Written by Gigi Farid


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