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Gymnastics diva Kanaev announces retirement

Published time: December 04, 2012 14:01
Edited time: December 04, 2012 18:01
Russian gymnast Yevgenia Kanaeva, gold winner of the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition, at a news conference in the media center of the Russian Olympic venue Russia Park, London (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Chesnokova)

Russian gymnast Yevgenia Kanaeva, gold winner of the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around competition, at a news conference in the media center of the Russian Olympic venue Russia Park, London (RIA Novosti / Ekaterina Chesnokova)

Two-time Olympic champion, Evgenia Kanaeva, says she’s not going to compete anymore after being elected the vice-president of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation.

­"I’m most likely to end my career,” Kanaeva is cited as saying by FCP-Press. “I could’ve stayed and keep working hard, but I want to learn something else besides the training process.”

“I don’t rule out the possibility of me turning to coaching, as well as executing my responsibilities in the Federation,” she added.

After her triumph at the London Games, Kanaeva told the press that she may remain in the sport till Rio 2016, but her plans have changed.

In addition to the two all-round Olympic titles she won at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games, the 22-year-old is a 17-time world champion and nine-time winner of the Summer Universiade.

Meanwhile, Kanaeva’s coach, Irina Viner, has been re-elected as president of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation at the organizations congress on Tuesday.

Russia′s Yevgeniya Kanayeva performs her hoop routine in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around finals of the 30th Olympic Games in London (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)
Russia's Yevgeniya Kanayeva performs her hoop routine in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around finals of the 30th Olympic Games in London (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)

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