Russian gymnast Laysan Utyasheva
Russian gymnast Laysan Utyasheva is a World champion in the team competition, two-time European champion in the team competition, multiple winner of the World Cup, a silver medalist in the World Games Akito (Japan). In addition, she is the author of four original elements in artistic gymnastics, bearing her name (such as “Utyasheva’s stand”), an international Ambassador of Olympic Sochi in 2014.
Laysan was born in Bashkiria, and four years later the family moved to Volgograd. Irina Viner saw Utyasheva at the competition, when the future champion was 11 years old. According to Laysan, Viner liked her long legs and attractive oriental eyes.
In 1997, the 12-year-old Laysan moved to Moscow and became part of the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics. And two years later she was awarded the title of Master of Sports. Although Utyasheva won a number of competitions, she did not receive any Olympic medals. According to Viner, things might have been different if Laysan’s mother would give Laysan to train with Viner on time. However, in order to train with Irina Viner, talent and perseverance is not enough. Among other things, you must have a strong character and ability to fight. Utyasheva believes that she has become one of the favorite students of Viner, because she has these qualities.
In 2002, Laysan’s life was tough. At demonstrations in Samara the gymnast landed badly on the mat and beat off the foot. Utyasheva passed examination that revealed no injuries. Laysan has continued to train and thus only worsened her condition. She began to complain of pain in the legs, and somebody even accused her of faking injury.
A few months later, Viner sent Utyasheva for a medical examination to Germany. As a result, she was diagnosed with multiple fractures of the scaphoid bone of one leg and the difference due to the constant training. Almost a year gymnast trained on broken feet! As a result, 17-year-old Laysan could not only return to the sport, but even stand! – she was threatened an amputation.
Back to the gym Utyasheva succeeded after several operations and support of Irina Viner, the love of whom, according to Laysan, was more expensive than any medal. German doctors did not want to take up a bad case of the Russian gymnasts, but Viner decided to put her pupil on feet at all costs and found surgeons in Moscow.
For eight months Utyasheva could not walk and earned bloody blisters on crutches, and in 2004 has again appeared in the national team of Russia. She became European champion in the team competition, won several victories in international tournaments. Laysan even was going to perform at the Olympic Games in Beijing, hoping to win a long-awaited gold, but ended in 2006, has decided to retire and went to Beijing as a commentator.
“I had to win Beijing. It was absolutely clear to everyone. I’ve already won at 16 years old, taking Grand Prix from Alina Kabaeva “.
Her personal Olympics Laysan has won. Irina Viner arranged for Laysan grand farewell – farewell to the gymnast at the European Championships in Moscow in 2006. Hall stood staring at Utyasheva, several thousand spectators and an international panel of judges applauded her and did not let go backstage. “Lyaysanochka, I will be always with you! I wish you to be as successful in a new and beautiful life “- said Viner. In an interview Utyasheva said that after her departure from the sport, Irina has always helped her with money and gave her expensive gifts.
After completing her sport career Laysan Utyasheva participated in gymnastics show of Alexei Nemov, led TV shows about sports and beauty, hosted various shows and ceremonies. Laysan Utyasheva was included in the list of the most beautiful women who became the face of advertising campaigns. She worked as a commentator at the Olympics in Beijing and London, wrote the book “Unbroken.”
To the most difficult period in the life of Laysan – fractures and operations, when she almost became an invalid, was added another one. The death of her beloved mother. Zulfiya Utyasheva died of a heart attack March 12, 2012. They say that she could not get over her grief. A real salvation for Utyasheva has become friendship with a resident of Comedy Club Pavel Volya. May 14, 2013 Laysan became a mother for the first time: she gave birth to a son Robert in a clinic in Miami. The child’s father is Pavel Volya, they got married on September 12, 2012.
Russian gymnast Laysan Utyasheva