As a competitive gymnast, Ksenia Afanasyeva was known for her elegance and originality on floor exercise.

The Russian gymnast won the World title on the event in 2011 and the European title in 2013 and 2015. She is also the 2015 World floor silver medalist and 2012 Olympic floor finalist. 

Nevertheless, Afanasyeva's career included other lesser known accomplishments. 

Two Time Olympic finalist on Balance Beam:

Ksenia made the balance beam final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics where she placed 7th and 5th respectively.





European Bars finalist:

Afanasyeva's weakest event is the uneven bars. However, that did not stop her from making the event's final at the 2009 European champions where she finished in fourth place.





European All Around silver medalist

In 2009, Afanasyeva came in second place in the all around final of the European championships behind her compatriot Ksenia Semenova.




World All Around finalist 

She finished in seventh place at the all around final of the 2011 World championships.





Amanar Vault

At the 2013 Universiade Games, Ksenia debuted her Amanar vault and won the vault final. She has also competed the vault at the 2016 European championships where she won a bronze medal on the event.




Afanasyeva, who turned senior in 2007, retired shortly before the 2016 Olympic Games due to kidney disease.

After her retirement, she married Roman Suetin, a fellow gymnast, and gave birth to a baby boy.

By Gigi Farid


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