12 Days of Gymnastics - 16/12/2011

10:04 PM

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, Gymnastics Brought to Me:
An Incredible Valeriia Maksiuta!

There is no denying that I am a huge fan of Valeriia Maksiuta! Starting her career in Ukraine, Maksiuta switched to compete for Israel a few years ago (late 2007 if I recall correctly?). And personally, I think she has gone from strength to strength as a result. And 2011 has been a superb year for the 24-year-old. At the conclusion of the Gymnastics season in the Category B World Challenger Cup series she is top of the Vault and Beam World Rankings, tied for 9th on the Uneven Bars and 4th on the Floor Exercise. At the 2011 European Individual Championships, Maksiuta came 22nd in the All Around with a score of 49.575, was 18th on Vault (13.437), 54th on Bars (11.700), 33rd on Balance Beam (12.925) and 21st on Floor (13.200). At the Cottbus Challenger Cup she was 6th on the Beam scoring 13.325. Valeriia then participated in the Ghent World Cup event where she finished 7th on the Beam (13.175) and 2nd on the Vault (14.025). At the Salamun Memorial Maribor Challenger Cup, Maksiuta won the Vault title with an average of 14.125 and came second on the Bars (13.100) and Beam (13.950). At the Osijek World Cup, she also took out the Vault title (average of 14.275) and came third on Beam (13.225) and Floor Exercise (13.500). Valeriia competed at the World Championships in Tokyo as well where she finished 44th in the All Around (52.915), 10th on Vault with an average of 14.016, 121st on the Uneven Bars (11.566), 48th on Beam (13.600) and 37th on Floor Exercise with a 13.583. She has qualified to the Olympic Test Event in London next month and I wish her all the best! Here's hoping she has great success at this event! Image above by Thomas Schreyer on IG see here for related article and video below from Youtube user maksyutka777. 

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