A New Day = A New Alternate (Russia’s World Team)…

Photo via Getty Images. Above is 2015 Russian World Team Member executed a beautiful back handspring step out on the balance beam at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 🙂

Once again, Valentina Rodioneko, has made another change to Russia’s world’s team. Just a week after it was announced that Anasasia Dmitrieva would fill in for Aliya Mustafina who filled in for Alla Sosnitskaya, Valentina has announced that now Evgeniya Shelgunova will replace Anastasia Dmitrieva as the alternate for Russia’s team at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.

The Russian team will leave for Glasgow in just three days, and at this point, I wouldn’t be expecting any more changes to the team. Now, I know I said that before but now we’re inching closer and closer to the actual competition and a change at this point, is unlikely. Honestly, I don’t see why Rodioneko didn’t put Shelgunova in as the alternate instead of Dmitrieva in the first place. Shelgunova has been much more consistent throughout the last season. Shelgunova is also older and has more experience on an international level. I think Rodioneko now agrees: “We analyzed how the gymnasts performed during training before making the final decision. She is a very promising athlete looking toward the Olympic Games.” Some of Evgeniya’s achievements include:


Russian Hopes: 3rd All Around, 3rd Uneven Bars, 2nd Balance Beam, 1st Floor


National Championships: 1st Team, 5th All Around, 7th Uneven Bars, 2nd Floor
Italy, Russia, Romania, Colombia Friendly: 1st Team, 6th All Around
Rusudan Sikharulidze Tournament: 1st Team, 1st All Around, 1st Floor
Russian Cup: 2nd Team, 4th All Around, 4th Uneven Bars, 4th Balance Beam

Other Mentions:

2012 European Junior Championships: 1st Team, 2nd All Around, 3rd Uneven Bars, 4th Beam, 6th Floor
2011 European Youth Olympic Festival: 4th Team, 4th All Around, 4th Vault, 3rd Floor

So at this point, I’m assuming that the Russian worlds team consists of: Ksenia Afansyeva, Maria Kharenkova, Viktoria Komova, Maria Paseka, Daria Spirdonova, and Seda Tutkhalyan. With Evgeniya Shelgunova (obviously) as the alternate. They are looking to defend their podium finish (which they’ve held on to since 2010) by being led by 2012 Olympians: Viktoria Komova, Ksenia Afansyeva, and Maria Paseka. I think that this is a VERY strong team that can DEFINITLEY pull out a top 3 (maybe even top 2) finish.

Hence, I think that Shelgunova will be a better fit for the Russian team (because of experience and consistency). Comment a smiley face ( :D) if you agree with me. Comment a frowny face ( 🙁 ) if you don’t agree. Also, does anyone know what’s been up with Tatiana Nabieva?????…

P.S. Has anybody found out who the Brazilian’s men’s world championships team is???? I can’t seem to find it and I want to write a “Who’s Going to Glasgow?” on it…

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