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A GIF showing Aliya Mustafina hitting a TV reporter's mic with her cap during a training session in the Rio Olympic arena, has went viral among online gymnastics fans.

But what's the story behind it? Is it true, the queen was being rude to the reporter or maybe he was being annoying and she had to react?

Well, neither. The Russian gymnast was just talking about the number of mosquitoes flying around them and was trying to drive them away. FYI Mustafina is renowned for her classiness.

Some gymnastics fans found the GIF to be amusing. One of them joked and said that the reporter must have asked her if she ever plans to include an actual acrobatic series in her beam routine.

Mustafina was very successful at these Games as she managed to lead her team to a silver medal and to defend her Olympic bars title. She also won back to back bronze all around medal.

The highly successful gymnast is now taking a break to focus on motherhood. She plans to come back to the sport but hasn't yet set a date.

Written by Gigi Farid. 

She retires then comes back then retires again then comes back again. Wait a minute....Is she retired or not?

Tatiana Nabieva gave a six minute long interview for her teammate's vlog Girls Channel on Youtube where she talked about her current status with the sport.

The Russian veteran, who is in recovery from a wrist injury that required a surgery, said that she hasn't stopped gymnastics and that she is not planning to retire anytime soon.

In fact she aims at continuing doing the sport till death or a serious injury do them apart.

Nabieva, whose last competition was the 2016 Russian cup, plans to take part at the Vornin cup which will be held next December.

The World champion is helping in developing a gymnastics program in Dagestan, a federal republic of Russia that is located in the North Caucasus region. 

She desires to work as a full time coach once she retires. She as well dreams of opening her own gym in the federal republic. It is worth mentioning that her father is originally from there.

Nabieva recalled that she used to have former gymnast Svetlana Khorkina as an idol when she was a young gymnast. However, she believes that we tend to stop idolizing other people once we make our own achievements.

Tatiana did not make the 2012 Olympic team, something that she deeply regrets. She said that if she had the chance to turn back in time, she would have done everything in her power to make that team.

Dedicating most of her life to gymnastics left her with the feeling that she is missing out on a social life. That led her to partying and going out a lot. Nevertheless, she is not happy about the lifestyle and wishes to focus on her studies instead.

Beside winning the 2010 World gold medal with her team, she has two World silver medals which she won in 2011 on uneven bars and with the team. She also has a very difficult uneven bars release named after her.

Written by Gigi Farid 

Aliya with her daugther

More than one week ago, there was a rumor about Russian head coach Valentina Rodionenko getting gymnast Aliya Mustafina's daughter's name wrong.

The rumor stated that the daughter's name was Olesya not Alisa like Rodionenko previously told reporters. 

Thanks to the mamma's Instagram, the mystery has been solved. 

The Russian gymnast uploaded a photo of a cake and another of a stuffed animal which have her daughter's name written on, Alisa.

The two time Olympic champion has been on a break since the last Olympic Games. She has expressed desire to come back to competitive elite gymnastics but hasn't yet set a date.

Written by Gigi Farid.

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Veteran gymnast Tatiana Nabieva is planning to return to competition this year.

The Russian athlete told that she aims at competing in December. She did not mention which competition she has set her eyes on but most likely it will be Vornin cup.

Nabieva revealed that she wanted to compete at Universiade, which will be held next month in Taiwan, but a wrist injury prevented her.

The World champion is coaching in Dagestan, a federal republic of Russia that is located in the North Caucasus region. She is helping in developing a gymnastics program there.

Once a month, she will come to Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital to help with coaching in the new gymnastics center.

Nabieva has had an on and off gymnastics career. She announced her retirement in late 2013 but came back to help the team at the following year's World championships. She retired again in 2016.

Compatriot Viktoria Komova is expected to compete at Vornin cup.

Written by Gigi Farid.

See also Tatiana Nabieva "I Blame Myself Everyday For Not Making The London Olympic Team".

Russia's Viktoria Komova has recently uploaded a video of herself on Instagram training on a trampoline.

The video shows her doing a back layout to a full and a half twisting double back tuck. So either Komova is training this skill as a floor one or a bars one.

If it is a bars one, then she is training a Mustafina dismount which is obviously named after her teammate Aliya Mustafina. The dismount is rated an E. 

Komova usually competes a full twisting double back tuck dismount which has a D rating. In London, she added an extra twist (F). Could she be trying to find a middle ground? You know, doing a 1.5 twist instead of a one or two.

If it is a floor one, is she aiming at having a floor skill named after her?

A full and a half twisting double back tuck hasn't been done before at Worlds, Olympics or Youth Olympics, hence, it is not in the CoP.

However, Brasil's Rebecca Andrade competed it in 2015 while US London Philips competed it 10 years before her.

Brasil's Merly Jesus is believed to be the first gymnast to perform the skill as she competed it in 2004.

The amusing thing about this video is not just Komova's beautiful lines and execution but also the hashtag she used in the video's caption which reads Komova is back.

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Written by Gigi Farid

Aliya Mustafina on floor. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

Aliya Mustafina cannot stop doing gymnastics!

The Russian Olympic champion welcomed her first child, a baby girl, a few weeks ago and confirmed that she has no plans to resume training this year, but she does not seem to be able to stay away from gymnastics. It must be hard, when you are a two-time Olympic champion!

A few days ago, Mustafina posted a video on Instagram, to the delight of her fans, in which she trains her splits while walking her baby daughter in the park.

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Once a gymnast, always a gymnast!

By Talitha Ilacqua
Mustafina with her husband
First time mother Aliya Mustafina is fully enjoying her motherhood experience for the time being and that's it.

The Russian gymnast is not thinking about coming back to the gym and start training this season.

"The upcoming Worlds will, of course, take place without me" Aliya said in a statement to which was translated by gymnovosti. " At that time I won’t even start trying to recover. Right now I have no plans to come back to training this season, I don’t have time for training."

"I have other things on my mind, my baby daughter is home. I devote myself to her and my family. We’ll see what’s next.”

The Olympic champion said that she is dedicating all her time to her daughter. However, she is still keeping in touch with the national team and that until recently she often visits round lake.

"I’m still a part of the team."

"Right now all my plans are focused on my family."

Mustafina gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Alisa, with husband and bobsleigh champion Alexey Zaitsev last month.

Written by Gigi Farid.