Russian former gymnast, Alina Kabaeva, became a star in 1998 since she won Gold medal at Goodwill Games in New York. Her career was unstoppable: 15 gold medals at European Championships, 9 World Championships gold medals and Olympic Champion in Athens 2004.
She is one of the most successful gymnast in the history of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Nowadays, Alina is member of the Public Chamber of Russia.
These pictures were taken in 2001/2002 season, which was not easy for Alina. Kabaeva tested positive to a banned diuretic, Furosemide. She was disqualified for World Championships Madrid and Goodwill Games in 2001. In 2002 Alina could compete again. She became European Champion.