Viktoria Aleksandrovna Komova (Russian: Виктория Александровна Комова; born 30 January 1995) is a former Russian artistic gymnast. She is a two-time Olympic medalist, having won silver medals in the all-around and team events at the 2012 Olympics. She is also the 2011 world uneven bars champion and all-around silver medalist, and the 2015 co-world champion on uneven bars. At the junior level, she was the 2010 Youth Olympics all-around champion, uneven bars champion, vault champion, and floor exercise bronze medalist. Komova is known for her fluidity, form and old school Soviet style.
|Full name||Viktoria Aleksandrovna Komova|
|Born||30 January 1995|
|Height||162 cm (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||48 kg (106 lb)|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||Senior international elite|
|Years on national team||2008 – 2018 (Russia)|
|Head coach(es)||Gennady Yelfimov|
|Assistant coach(es)||Olga Bulgakova|
|Music||2009–10: Carmen Cubana
2011–12: Swan Lake Remix 2012–13: "You Know I'm No Good"/ "The Show Must Go On"2014–15: Fanatico
|Eponymous skills||Komova I: Clear pike circle bwd through hstd with flight and 1/2 turn to hang on HB Komova II: Clear pike circle backward through handstand with flight to hang on HB|
|Retired||1 January 2019|
Komova was born in Voronezh, Russia, to Vera Kolesnikova and Alexander Komov. Her parents both competed successfully in gymnastics. Her mother has one gold from world championships and is the 1986 Goodwill Games all-around champion. She has an older brother, Alexander, who is nicknamed Sasha.
Komova began gymnastics when she was five years old. Her mother coached her for her first three years in the sport. When she was seven, Gennady Yelfimov became her coach. "Now, gymnastics is my life," Komova said in 2010. "I can't imagine my life without it."
In December, Komova competed at her first major junior competition, the 2007 Voronin Memorial Cup. She placed first on vault and floor exercise.
In February, Komova competed at the WOGA Classic in Frisco, Texas. She placed third in the individual all-around competition, with a score of 56.450. In March, she competed at the 2008 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships and finished third in the individual all-around competition. In December, she competed at the 2008 Voronin Memorial Cup, where she finished first in the individual all-around, on the vault and the floor exercise; second on the uneven bars and the balance beam.
In July 2009, Komova competed at the 2009 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival in Tampere, Finland. She won a total of 3 gold medals in the individual all-around competition, on the uneven bars and the balance beam. In September, Komova repeated her success in Tampere at the 2009 Junior Japan International Competition in Yokohama, Japan. She won the individual all-around competition with a score of 59.800. In the event finals, she placed first on the uneven bars, scoring 15.050; first on balance beam, scoring 15.150; second on the vault, scoring 15.025; and third on the floor exercise, with 13.850. She finished off her year at the 2009 Voronin Memorial Cup, where she finished first in the individual all-around, on the uneven bars, the floor exercise, and second on the balance beam.
At the end of April, Komova competed at the 2010 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She contributed an all-around score of 57.050 toward the Russian team's first-place finish. Individually, she won the all-around final with a total score of 58.375. In event finals, she placed first on vault, scoring 14.425, and second on balance beam, scoring 14.625.
In August, Komova competed at the Youth Olympics Games in Singapore. Before the competition, she said: "It is a big responsibility being the only Russian gymnast competing. There is a lot of pressure on my shoulders because I won the European Junior Championships. I hope I will earn a medal either in the all-around or on an apparatus, and hopefully it will be gold". She won the all-around competition with a total score of 61.250.
In December, Komova sprained her ankle while walking through the gym. This prevented her from competing in the Voronin Cup.
At the end of the year, she told International Gymnast Magazine,
"The best moment in 2010 was my birthday present, a shih tzu puppy (named Kutya). And, of course, I have very bright and cheerful memories of my performances at the European Championships and the first Youth Olympic Games. New Year's Eve for us is a family holiday, and we always celebrate at home. Since we all love pizza, and my mom makes it very tasty, we help her prepare it along with other food for the New Year – all kinds of salads, meat dishes, side dishes. At midnight, it's our tradition to pop open the champagne, wish each other 'Happy New Year,' give presents, and watch the fireworks, which are organized in each city. Then we go out and get together with the neighbors for more fireworks and various amusements. In the New Year, I really want to quickly recover from my injury and prepare for the Russian Championships, to perform successfully at the European and World Championships, as well as pass my school exams."
In February, Komova re-injured her ankle at the Russian Championships. In May, she had arthroscopic surgery on her right ankle at the Sporthopaedicum Clinic in Germany to tighten the loose ligaments in her ankle. She resumed training in July.
In August, Komova competed at the Russian Cup in Yekaterinburg. She placed second in the all-around competition with a total score of 58.875. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars, scoring 15.875, and first on balance beam, scoring 15.525.
Later in September, Komova competed at the Dinamo Cup in Penza, Russia. She won the all-around competition with a total of 58.350. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars, scoring 15.667; first on balance beam, scoring 15.134; and fifth on floor, scoring 13.567.
In October, Komova competed at the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. She contributed an all-around score of 58.265 toward the Russian team's second-place finish. In the all-around final, she placed second with a score of 59.349. She said afterward: "My vault was not as fully ready as it should have been. On beam, I had mistakes, and my bars were not very well done. My floor routine was mediocre. Today on a beam I did not make some connections, therefore, that's why the lower score. So (this ranking is) deserved. But the Olympics are ahead." In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars, scoring 15.500, and eighth on balance beam, scoring 13.766.
In May, Komova competed at the European Championships in Brussels, Belgium. She contributed scores of 15.508 on uneven bars and 14.916 on balance beam toward the Russian team's second-place finish. In event finals, she placed first on uneven bars with a score of 15.666 and sixth on balance beam with a score of 13.100
In June, Komova competed at the Russian Cup in Penza. She won the all-around competition with a score of 60.767. In event finals, she placed third on uneven bars, scoring 15.100; first on balance beam, scoring 15.325; and second on floor, scoring 14.300.
At the end of July, Komova competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She qualified in first place for the all-around final with a score of 60.632, third for the uneven bars final with a score of 15.833, and second for the balance beam final with a score of 15.266. In the team final, she contributed scores of 15.833 on vault, 15.766 on uneven bars, and 15.033 on balance beam toward the Russian team's second-place finish. In the all-around final, she placed second with scores of 15.466 on vault, 15.966 on uneven bars, 15.441 on balance beam, and 15.100 on floor exercise, giving her a total of 61.973. In an interview after the competition, Komova said: "I am proud about what I’ve done today, although I am a bit disappointed because I wanted to win the gold. I think I did well. The vault was not very successful, but overall I did well." In this instance on the vault, she took off a little sideways, which caused her to under rotate and step completely off the mat on landing. In the uneven bars final, she placed fifth with a score of 15.666, after hitting the lower bar on a swing leading to dismount. In the balance beam final, she placed eighth with a score of 13.166, after falling off the beam on a front somersault and then falling again on her dismount. After the event finals, she said: "I was not very lucky at these Olympics. I failed them 100%. I don't know if I will continue sports. I will go back home, take some time off, and think through the situation. My parents say everything is okay, but I don't feel that."
Komova took a break from competition to rest a back injury. She said in an interview with International Gymnast Magazine:
"I haven't disappeared. I still train at Round Lake. In competition, I have a temporary break. Maybe I'll come back for the University Games in Kazan, but that will depend on being accepted to university. In the summer, I'll finish school, and I have to apply. If I don't go to the University Games, I will go a little later to a World Cup, this is for sure. Also, competing at the World Championships in September is definitely not out of the question, of course!"
In late August, she was diagnosed with viral meningitis and was unable to compete at the World Championships. Later in the year, she planned to compete but backed out because of having been unable to prepare adequately.
Komova made her return to competition at the 2014 Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Penza in April. She placed 47th in the senior all-around with a total score of 40.767, not competing on floor exercise. In the team final, Komova contributed scores of 14.467 on vault and 15.333 on uneven bars toward the Central Federal District region's first-place finish. In the senior uneven bars final, she placed eighth with a score of 11.467 after falling twice. She also performed an exhibition on balance beam, earning a score of 14.367.
After her performance at the Russian Championships, she was named to the team for the 30th European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Komova was slated to compete on two apparatuses, bars and beam. Only days afterward, she was removed from the roster and slated to undergo surgery in Germany on her right ankle. Ekaterina Kramarenko was called in to replace Komova, but she withdrew shortly after because of illness. Anna Rodionova was selected to replace Kramarenko. Head coach Andrei Rodionenko said that, despite her injury, Komova had a good shot to make the Worlds team because of her experience. However, on 19 September she was taken out of Worlds contention because of an ankle injury.
After her surgery in Germany, Komova returned to Russia, where she was assigned to the Gymnastics Gala in Mexico. There, she competed watered-down beam and floor routines. She returned to the all-around at a small Hungarian meet. Even though she had watered-down routines on every apparatus except for the uneven bars, she performed cleanly and won the competition. In December, she was slated to compete at the Voronin Cup alongside her 2012 Olympic teammates Ksenia Afanasyeva and Anastasia Grishina, both of whom were recovering from injuries of their own.
In June, Komova made her return to major international competition at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. Competing on a three-person team with Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan, she won the team gold medal. Individually, she had an all-around score of 56.965, third-highest of the competition. However, because the two higher scores were from her own teammates, she did not qualify into the individual all-around final, which is limited to only one gymnast per country in this particular competition.
In September, Komova competed at the Russian Cup, a qualifying meet for the World Championship team. Competing on bars and beam, she helped earn a silver medal for the Central Federal District team. However, her performance in the team qualification and final and in the all-around final was inconsistent, and she did not qualify to event finals. She was allowed to perform an exhibition routine during the uneven bars final, earning a 15.300, unofficially the highest score.
After the Russian Cup, she was named to the provisional team for the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, as a specialist on vault, uneven bars, and balance beam because her floor exercise was not ready for the all-around competition. After advancing to the bars final, she scored a 15.366, which put her in an unprecedented four-way tie for first place with countrywoman Daria Spiridonova, Fan Yilin of China, and Madison Kocian of the United States.
Despite being named to the Olympic team with 2012 Olympic teammates Aliya Mustafina, Maria Paseka, and Ksenia Afanasyeva, she withdrew herself from Rio contention as a result of severe back pain. It was unclear whether or not she would continue in the sport. In an interview preceding the 2016 Russian Cup, Komova announced that she would head to Munich in late July. She said that if the doctors recommended she stop gymnastics, she would quit. If not, she would continue her elite career. Komova revealed that the results of an analysis in Munich revealed a stress fracture of her fifth vertebrate. She said that she would undergo six months of rest followed by a second analysis of her back to decide if she can compete again. In September, she posted a picture of herself in training on her Instagram account.
Komova returned to the national team training center, Round Lake in May. Dmitry Zanin from Match TV filmed a special about her comeback.
In March, Komova competed at the DTB Pokal Team challenge in Stuttgart, Germany as part of the Russian team, alongside Maria Kharenkova, Lilia Akhaimova, Anastasia Ilyankova, and Viktoria Gorbatova. They did not qualify to Team Finals. In April Komova competed at the Russian National Championships where she finished third in the All-Around behind Angelina Melnikova and Angelina Simakova. In June Komova competed at the Russian Cup where she placed third in the All-Around, behind Melnikova and Ilyankova. After a relatively disappointing and short comeback, rumors began to swirl that Komova had retired. Komova confirmed this through multiple Instagram posts. However days after confirming her retirement, Komova announced that she would continue her training through another Instagram post.
In January the Russian Ministry of Sports released the roster for the National Team and Komova was noticeably absent, once again sparking rumors of retirement. At the Russian National Championships Komova was not competing, but rather was commentating alongside retired gymnast Emin Garibov. In September, she announced her move to Rostov-on-Don, to work as a recreational gymnastics coach.
|Apparatus||Name||Description||Difficulty||When Added to Code of Points|
|Uneven Bars||Komova||Clear pike circle backward through handstand with flight and half turn to hang on high bar||E||2010 Youth Olympic Games|
|Uneven Bars||Komova II||Clear pike circle backward through handstand with flight to hang on high bar||E||2011 World Championships|
Selected competitive skillsEdit
|Vault||Baitova||Yurchenko entry, laid out salto backwards with two twists||5.4||2011, 2015, 2018|
|Amanar||Yurchenko entry, laid out salto backwards with 2½ twists||5.8||2010, 2012|
|Uneven Bars||Komova I||Clear pike circle backward through handstand with flight and half turn to hang on high bar||E||2010–12, 2014|
|Komova II||Clear pike circle backward through handstand with flight to hang on high bar||E||2011–12, 2014–15|
|Inbar Stalder 1/1||Inbar Stalder to full (1/1) pirouette||E||2010–12, 2014|
|Piked Tkatchev||Tkatchev piked||E||2012, 2015, 2018|
|Piked Jaeger||Jaeger Salto piked to hang on high bar||E||2017–18|
|Van Leeuwen||Toe-On Shaposhnikova transition with ½ twist to high bar||E||2015, 2017–18|
|Layout Jaeger||Jaeger Salto stretched to hang on high bar||F||2010–12, 2015|
|Fabrichnova||Swing forward to double salto backward tucked with 2/1 turn (720°)||F||2012|
|Balance Beam||Arabian||Immediate ½ twist to tucked salto forward||F||2010–12, 2015, 2017–18|
|Patterson||Arabian double salto forward tucked||G||2012|
|Floor Exercise||Andreasen||Tucked Arabian double salto forward||E||2010–12, 2017–18|
|Triple twist||Triple-twisting (3/1) laid out salto backward||E||2010–12|
|Double Layout||Double laid out salto backwards||F||2018|
Public Image and ImpactEdit
Lauded for her supple carriage and ability to combine both artistry and strength, Komova is considered one of the most dominant female gymnasts of the 2010s, despite being plagued with injuries and long breaks away from competitions in the later half of her senior career.
|Pacific Rim Championships||6||8||4||4||7|
|Massilia Gym Cup||11||7|
|2009||European Youth Olympic Festival||6|
|Japan Junior International|
|Youth Olympic Games||7|
|Italian Grand Prix|
|Ghent World Cup||5|
|Massilia Gym Cup|
|Italian Grand Prix|
|2012||SWI vs. GBR vs. RUS|
|2013||did not compete|
|KSI Cup (Senior)|
|Rusudan Sikharulidze tournament|
|Toyota International Cup||7|
|2016||did not compete|
|2010||Youth Olympics Games||Singapore||All-Around||1||61.250||1||61.000|
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