Why Viktoria Komova Must Write Her Own Autobiography NOW!

Komova's legendary sheep jump (Source: her Instagram feed)

SEVERAL days ago former Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova started to write some heartfelt posts on her Instagram account @komova_v_a_36 which I have been folllowing since I saw her gymnastics several years ago. She was retelling her experience as a world-class gymnast in her teenage years.

At 26, she is more than ready to tell her stories in a more mature perspective. (Source: her Instagram feed)

She wrote this:

Изнанка большого спорта 🥇 Часть 1.

Говорить про наличие многочисленных травм – нет смысла, это понятно вам всем.
Я тренировалась, выступала, жила с болями и это вошло в привычку.

Начну свой рассказ с 2010 года 🙌🏼

После молодежной олимпиады мы тренировались 24/7, помню как сегодня: в воскресенье тренер проводил занятие, на эстафете я спрыгивала с брусьев и… сломала ногу 😕

После реабилитации, я выступила на Чемпионате России на двух снарядах. И вот подготовка к Чемпионату Европы, разминка, делаю шаг назад, подворачиваю ногу и опять ее ломаю 🤦🏻‍♀️

В Германии провели операцию. Я выступила на Чемпионате Мира в 2011 году и после него, где-то спустя 3-4 месяца, начались дикие боли в ноге, я не могла на неё наступить, обнаружили усталостный перелом надкостницы и ещё одной операции было не избежать.

Вам интересно услышать продолжение? Дайте знать в комментариях ☺️

With my pathetic Russian translation skills, Google Translate came to the rescue.

So she says this in English:

The wrong side of big sport 🥇 Part 1.

There is no point in talking about the presence of numerous injuries, it is clear to all of you.
I trained, performed, lived with pain and it became a habit.

I’ll start my story from 2010 🙌🏼

After the youth Olympiad, we trained 24/7, I remember how today: on Sunday, the coach held a lesson, on the relay I jumped off the bars and … broke my leg 😕

After rehabilitation, I performed at the Russian Championship on two apparatus. And now I’m preparing for the European Championship, warm-up, I take a step back, twist my leg and break it again 🤦🏻‍♀️

An operation was carried out in Germany. I performed at the World Championships in 2011 and after it, about 3-4 months later, wild pains in my leg began, I could not step on it, they found a fatigue fracture of the periosteum and another operation could not be avoided.

Are you interested in hearing the sequel? Let me know in the comments

(Her Instagram post on June 7th, 2021)

And the next day she wrote this:

Изнанка большого спорта 🥇 Часть 2.

Хочу поблагодарить вас за ваш интерес и обратную связь ❣️

Я уже говорила, жить с болями вошло в привычку. Но когда она уже невыносимая и без обезболивающего трудно не только выполнить элемент на снарядах, но и буквально стоять, тогда понимаешь, что дела плохи.

После Олимпиады в 2012 году я не вылазила из травм.

В 2013 году из-за компрессионного перелома позвоночника (в грудном отделе) я пропустила Чемпионат России, являющийся отборочным на Чемпионат Европы.

В том же году, в последне дни перед Кубком России я заболела серозным менингитом и пропустила Чемпионат Мира.

В 2014 году – серьёзный перелом ноги, провели еще одну операцию.

В 2015 году боли в спине усилились, но я выступила на первых Европейских играх и с командой получили золотую медаль! 🎉
Также выступила с болями на Чемпионате мира в Глазго и выиграла золотую медаль 🥇

К сожалению, на соревнованиях в 2015 году я выступала уже с дикой болью и терпеть ее больше не могла.

Если вам интересно послушать завершающую часть как раз о моем уходе из большого спорта – дайте знать в комментариях 🕊

Google Translate again helps me understand the gist.

The wrong side of big sport 🥇 Part 2.

I want to thank you for your interest and feedback ❣️

I have already said that living with pain has become a habit. But when it is already unbearable and without an anesthetic it is difficult not only to perform the element on the apparatus, but also to literally stand, then you understand that things are bad.

After the 2012 Olympics, I didn’t get out of my injuries.

In 2013, due to a compression fracture of the spine (in the thoracic region), I missed the Russian Championship, which is a qualifier for the European Championship.

In the same year, on the last days before the Russian Cup, I fell ill with serous meningitis and missed the World Championship.

In 2014 – a serious leg fracture, another operation was performed.

In 2015, my back pain intensified, but I competed at the first European Games and got a gold medal with the team! 🎉
Also performed with pains at the World Championships in Glasgow and won a gold medal 🥇

Unfortunately, at the competitions in 2015, I already performed with wild pain and could no longer endure it.

If you are interested in listening to the final part just about my retirement from big sport – let me know in the comments 🕊

(Her Instagram post on June 11th, 2021)

So if you ask me the reason why Komova must write her own biography, I’d say: BECAUSE GABY DOUGLAS AND ALY RAISMAN HAD DONE SO FOR MANY YEARS AGO!

Honestly, I scanned Douglas’ biography, looking for the mentions of Komova right there. I was simply curious as to how Douglas described her rival at that legendary all around finals. Komova was a favorite and owned her performance especially with that highly praised floor exercise but still she failed to outdo Douglas. Her staunch fans still hold grudge till this second.

I found a paragraph that Douglas admitted Komova’s performance was “fantastic”. Here is the paragraph from Douglas’ “GRACE, GOLD & GLORY: My Leap of Faith” (2012) for you to savor.

And then from Raisman’s “FIERCE: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything” (2017), I found this.

And then this.

Here is another paragraph on Komova.

This is the last time she mentioned Komova and Aliya Mustafina who recently announced her retirement at the Russian Cup this year.

There are many details and emotions and feelings are left out right there. And I want to know the story on Komova’s side. It must be so satisfying to know what Komova felt about her US rivals.

So now you know how significant this petition, right? (*/)

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