Aliya Mustafina Returns To Gymnastics Training, Plans To Compete In 2018

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Update 9/20/17:
Aliya Mustafina shared her first training clip since returning to the gym, and she's back on her favorite event. Lots of toe handstands!

Original Article 8/29/17
Shortly following the birth of her baby girl Alisa this June, Aliya Mustafina has decided she will be returning to gymnastics training on September 3, according to Russian news source TASS.

Mustafina reportedly called Russian National team coach Valentina Rodionenko to ask for an invitation to the "round-up" (national team camp) on September 3, and her request was granted. Rodionenko noted that she has her eyes set on competing at the 2018 European Championships, held August 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Generally, the European Championships are held in the spring, but with the 2018 competition being much later than normal, Rodionenko said Mustafina will have time to prepare for it and at that point he will determine if she is ready for the 2018 World Championships.

Given Mustafina's ability to return quickly from injury or breaks from training, we expect her to come back strong in 2018 and be an asset for her country at the first World team competition since the Rio Olympics where she helped Russia earn silver and also won all-around bronze.

Mustafina shared this Instagram post in which she writes about her love for the sport and how much she has missed it:

Aliya Mustafina Gives Birth To Healthy Baby Girl

Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault Charges

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Larry Nassar is expected to receive a sentencing of at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual assault on Wednesday in a Michigan court, CNN reported.

OU Women's Gymnastics Shows Full Lineup of Amazing 10.0 SV Vaults

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Shocking List of Athletes Abused By Nassar Also Includes Gabby Douglas

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The horror continues when it comes to the sex abuse scandal involving former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Olympic champion Gabby Douglas is the most recent gymnast to come out and say she was also abused by Nassar.

Dominque Dawes Pregnant With Twins After Miscarriage


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Behind The Scenes Of The Simone Biles Story Movie

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Simone Biles recently visited the set for her movie, The Simone Biles Story, and shared some fun behind-the-scenes photos. 

Hear From Pitt's First-Year Head Coach Sam Snider

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Sam Snider is the new head coach for Pittsburgh Gymnastics for the 2017-18 season. She was an outstanding gymnast at Arkansas from 2005-2008. From 2009-2011, Snider was the director of operations, before assuming the role of assistant coach from 2012-14 and assistant head coach from 2015-16 for the Razorbacks. 

Get To Know The Pitt Gymnastics Coaching Staff

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Meet Pitt Freshman Haley Brechwald


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Simone Biles Shows Support For Aly Raisman Against Victim Shaming

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In the wake of Aly Raisman coming out with her personal experiences of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, she tweeted a passionate note about victim shaming:

FloSports Weekly Viewing Guide: 11/13-11/19


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