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Nine Year Old Aliya Mustafina Takes A Painful Fall On Balance Beam

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni Even great champions have their bad days. Little tiny cute Aliya Mustafina of Russia took a very hard fall on ...

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Even great champions have their bad days. Little tiny cute Aliya Mustafina of Russia took a very hard fall on balance beam during a competition that took place in 2004.

Mustafina who was nine years old at that time, had her foot slipped on her Sissone and fell between her legs.  But like a champion, she got up, ignored the pain and continued her routine.

Nevertheless, she seemed to be in shock and hesitant throughout her routine. She does a back handspring 'pauses' then a back tuck and has an easy fall. She ends her routine with a double twisting back layout and falls for the third time.

The Russian gymnast turned senior in 2010. Till now, she has won four Olympic, eleven Worlds and nine European medals.

Interesting Youtube comments:

OUCH! you gotta love that kid for getting back on the beam and pushing through, fall after fall... huge talent (albeit still very raw back then) and impressive determination: that's what makes her a world champ nowadays :)

WOW! Her mental toughness is incredible...and to have that at age 10 is amazing! It's no surprise she is the World Champion.

Man! like allaroundcoach said u do gotta love her!! That determanation! You know those falls had to hurt. Maybe not all of them phsically but emotianlly to cuz u think ur gonna lose. That determantation has lead her to where she is now..... a champion!




Written by Gigi Farid

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