Prior to the Russian Cup in mid-September, Olympic uneven bars champion, Aliya Mustafina, announced that she will not be competing at this years world championships due to back pains and not being able to train on a regular basis. Shortly after the conclusion of the Russian Cup Mustafina announced that she is back in and was listed on the nominative roster for Russia’s world team. Last week she announced once again that she is out for good. However, she will continue to train and try and make Russia’s Olympic team next year. Anastasia Dmitrevia will replace Aliya Mustafina as the alternate. Anastasia doesn’t have nearly as much experience as Mustafina but can still pull out great performances.
Photo by Getty Images. Aliya at the 2015 European Games in Baku.