Alexander Alexandrov has been dismissed as Head Coach of the Russian women's gymnastics team. The decision was made on Monday by a vote of the board of the Russian Gymnastics Federation. The decision was influenced by some of the coaches of gymnasts who performed poorly in London, according to the Russian site Sport Express.
What's next for the 60-year-old legendary coach? He told Soviet Sport that he does not know what his future will hold after the end of the year. He stated in the interview that he plans to stay in Russia at least until December 30 when his coaching contract with Russian star Mustafina is due to expire.
While in the U.S. he resided in Houston, Texas and coached some of the top elites in the world including: Carly Patterson, Dominique Moceanu, Kim Zmeskal, and Mohini Bhardwaj. He was the head women's coach at the Houston Gymnastics Club when he got the call to return to Russia and take over the national program. Click here to watch Alexandrov coaching at HGC in 2009.
Who will succeed Alexandrov as head coach of the Russian women's team? Rsport reports that it will be Evgeny Grebenkin. According to the All Around, Grebenkin has worked as the Russian womens’ bars coach for the past years.
Watch Coach Alexandrov in action during a training session at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo: