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Meet The Originators: Mustafina Uneven Bars Dismount

  The  Mustafina is a dismount on the uneven bars. Skill:  Swing fwd to double salto bwd  tucked with 1½ turn (540°) Rating:  E Named after:...


The Mustafina is a dismount on the uneven bars.

Skill: Swing fwd to double salto bwd tucked with 1½ turn (540°)

Rating: E

Named after: Aliya Mustafina of Russia

Event: Uneven bars

Debut: 2010 Worlds

Mustafina's Biography

Mustafina is one of the most successful Russian gymnasts. She took the world by storm in her first senior year as she led her team to gold at the 2010 World championships. She also won the all around title and silver on vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.

She competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where she contributed to her team's second place finish and won gold on the uneven bars, in addition to winning bronze in the all around and floor exercise.

In 2013, she became the European champion in the all around and on the uneven bars, and World champion on the balance beam. 

She defended her Olympic title on the uneven bars at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She also won a bronze medal in the all around, and a silver medal with her team.

After her Olympic success, Mustafina got married to Russian bobsledder Alexey Zaitsev and gave birth to her daughter Alisa the following year.

She made a comeback in 2018, where she was part of the silver medal winning Russian team at the World championships.

She officially announced her retirement from the sport in 2021. She now works as the acting head coach of the junior national team.

Was Mustafina really the first gymnast to perform it?

Ukrainian gymnast Alina Kozich, who tuned senior in 2004 and retired in 2009, competed it before Mustafina as a junior gymnast.

Gymnasts who have also performed this skill

A couple of gymnasts trained the dismount but never competed it.

Simone Biles USA

Sienna Robinson of USA

Nina Derwael of Belgium 

Maria Minaeva of Russia 

As per the 2022-2024 CoP, new elements have to be performed internationally for the first time at an official FIG Group, in order for it to be named after a gymnast.

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