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Turning Senior: Polina Shchennikova of USA

Photo by usaGymnast.com Polina Shchennikov was born in Moscow, Russia. She is the daughter of former Soviet gymnasts Katia and   Alex...

Photo by usaGymnast.com
Polina Shchennikov was born in Moscow, Russia. She is the daughter of former Soviet gymnasts Katia and Alex Shchennikov who were members of their country's national team in the late 80s. Polina is coached by her parents.

Shchennikova is known for her elegance, long lines and flexibility. Her favorite and strongest event is the uneven bars.

Shchennikova lists Nastia Liukin as her idol and believes she could be like her, "I really love her performance she did." she told The Coach Gymnast "Everything is so beautiful and gorgeous.  She’s very flexible and so am I-It makes me think I could definitely be like her!"

You might feel she might be our next Liukin but unfortunately Polina doesn't appear to have much to offer. In her junior national debut, she struggled and failed to advance to the junior Visa championships. The next year she succeeded in qualifying to the nationals where she placed nineteenth in the all around and tenth on floor exercise and of course with these results, she did not make the national team. 

In 2012, she placed second on bars and ninth in the all around at nationals which finally gave her the chance to be added to the national team. At 2013 nationals, she won bronze bars and placed eighth in the all around and twelfth on beam.

Considering the US gymnastics' depth, Polina's résumé is not flattering and her chances to make the Worlds time are slim.

But who knows, she could shine and have the kind of career, we hope her to have and if it did happen, it will be a huge plus to the US team having a flexible and artistic gymnast with beautiful lines and also a gymnast whose strength is on uneven bars, their weakest apparatus.

But before we end the article, we have to add that Polina is one of Marta's favorites and she might be seeing something in Polina that we are not seeing. Hopefully, we are going to see it in 2014.





Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

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