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Euros Teams - Anna Pavolva Returns, Viktoria Komova Out From Injuries

The nominative European Championship rosters have been released.  There are some surprises and shake-ups and a favorite makes her return to the stage.

The returning favorite is not Viktoria Komova. Unfortunately, Viktoria has re-injured herself again. Per Rewriting Russian Gymnastics, Vika sprained her ankle after Russian Championships. Perhaps it's time to wrap that girl in ten pounds of bubble wrap to keep her from getting injured (and perhaps dousing Round Lake with bleach to avoid any diseases).

Replacing Viktoria will be  2008 Olympian Ekaterina Kramarenko. Ekaterina was seen representing Russia at the end of last year during Elite Massilia and the DTB Cup in Stuttgart. She's kind of a dark horse on the Russian team, but since they're willing to use her in international assignments like Euros, it seems her dark horse status may be a thing of the past?

Speaking of Russian dark horses, Anna Pavolva is making her first appearance at the Euros representing Azerbaijan. This is the first time she's competed at the Euros since 2005. She is currently competing for Azerbaijan at the Ljubljana World Cup that is happening this weekend.

For the full nominative roster please visit:

The European Championships are being held May 12-18 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This year's competition will be a team final and individual event final championship and there will not be an individual all-around competition.

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