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Keeping Up With the Round Lake Gymnasts: Anastasia Grishina Back in Competition

In this edition of Keeping Up With The Round Lake Gymnasts, Grishy is back and Aliya is finally taking a well deserved rest from competition for a while (doctor's orders!)




After missing the better part of a year, Russia's Anastasia Grishina has returned to competition.

The 2012 team silver medalist and 2013 European all-around bronze medalist has been absent from competition since last year's Russian championships where she injured her knee. She hasn't been seen on the international scene since the Anadia World Cup in June of 2013. She sat out the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp due to back injuries.

Per Papa Liukin on Tumblr, Anastasia competed at the Moscow championships with what appears to be her club team. She took silver with her team. Oh yeah, and Elena Zamolodchikova was there, probably serving as a judge.

Here's Grishy on the bars:




Here is Zamo judging beam and looking bored as hell:


Will our dear Grishy return to international competition? Who knows, only time will tell.

In other news, Queen Elizabeth of Rewriting Russian Gymnastics reports that Aliya Mustafina will most likely miss Russian Championships and most likely miss Euros as well.

It was reported that Aliya was dealing with a  back injury and she went to Germany to receive treatment (while taking on a new coach).

Per RRG :

" A chronic back injury has prevented Mustafina from showing her best for a long time. At the end of 2014 the athlete started receiving treatments from a clinic in Germany. Now Mustafina is back training at Round Lake while continuing her follow-up treatments in Germany. 

Valentina Rodionenko: 'Aliya last went to Germany at the end of January. So far the doctors are pleased with her recovery and pace. As long as Aliya follows their orders, then most likely they won’t need to do any more with her. Right now Aliya is training but not at full strength. This was the physicians’ orders. As such, Aliya will not compete at the Russian Championships in March or European Championships in April in France.' "

Seems like Aliya is finally doing what she needs for once and is not putting the Russian team ahead of her health. She led the Russian team to a team bronze medal at the European and World Championships last year. Individually, she won two bronze medals for beam and floor at Worlds and a silver for bars and a bronze on beam at the European Championships. I think she's due for a long break from competition for a while.

Queen Elizabeth also confirms that Viktoria is back to training full time at Round Lake and Ksenia Afanseyva is "likely" to compete two events at Euros. (Editor's note - not holding my breath. I'll believe it when I see it).

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