Yana Kudryavtseva announces her retirement

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Silver Olympic Medallist, World and European Champion, Yana Kudryavtseva, announces her retirement because of her leg injury.

Irina Viner-Usmanova, president of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation also confirms that Kudryavtseva is about to retire.

“Yana is injured since last year and she is still in pain. Last year, she underwent surgery, but now,  she can’t resist this pain anymore. We are deeply sad because she is very young, she is such a beauty in terms of gymnnastics.”


After Olympic Games in Rio, Yana Kudryavsteva was advised to visit her orthopaedic surgeon again. Surgeons decided that Yana needed surgery once again.

On the other hand, it is still not clear if Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun will continue her gymnastics career.

“I would like to continue and compete in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, but there’s a long way to go.”


Yana Kudryavtseva exclusive interview for Men’s Health


Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS)

World Champion and Silver Medal at Olympic Games in Rio 2016, Yana Kudryavtseva talked to Russian Magazine Men’s Health about her successful sports career.

The question is, who could beat Kudryavtseva’s victories? She seems to be unbeaten, since Yana is 11 times European Champion (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and 13 times World Champion (2013, 2014, 2015). She is also Longines Elegance Ambassador.



In 2013, you became the youngest World Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics. How can you motivate yourself for all these years?

I can say sportsmen life sometimes become really hard. My motivation consists of thinking about competitions to show as much as I can do.

Which is your favorite apparatus?

My favorite one is ball. But that doesn’t mean that ball routines are easy at all.



Your routines use classical music such as Mozart, Rachmaninov and Sibelius but, which is your favorite kind of music?

It depends on my mood but I like something femenine and melancholic.

After Olympic Games were all over, what did you dream about?

I have already got my silver medal and I dreamed that something is yet to come.


Source and Photos: Men’s Health Russia