Even though I never watched her compete (since I got interested in RG only recently), I know that she is one of the legends of RG, and one of the most decorated gymnasts of all time. She won the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics, and the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics.
Whereas Irina Tchachina was known for her jumps, Alina Kabaeva was known for her extreme flexibility.
After her retirement, she did some TV work and ended up in the State Duma. (More on that later.)
In honor of her birthday, here are some photos of her and the other RG girls...
|The little blond girl in the very middle is Natalia Bulycheva!!|
|With little Zhenya|
|Olga Kapranova, Alina Kabaeva, Irina Viner, Zhenya, Vera Sessina|
|Olga, Ksyu, Sasha, Makar, Alina Kabaeva, Karolina, Dasha, Uli, Zhenya, Blizia, Nazar|