Alina Maratovna Kabaeva (May 12, 1983) – Russian athlete and public figure in rhythmic gymnastics. Master of Sports of Russia Honored Master of Sports OF RUSSIA.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, she won a bronze medal. Gold medalist at the XXVII Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000. Two-time absolute world champion (1999 and 2003). Five-time Russian absolute champion (1998-2000, 2002, 2004). Six-time Russian absolute monarch (1998-2001)
From 1997 to 1997. Elected as a delegate of the Russian Federation for the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation at 19 years old (1997). From 1997 through 1998, worked as an adviser and community manager in various social services organizations. In 1999, was elected as a member of the Supreme Council of United Russia (2001-2005).
She was awarded the Order of Friendship (2001) and Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree (2005).
Alina Maratovna Kabaeva was born on May 12, 1983, and grew up in Tashkent (UzSSR, later – Uzbekistan). Father – Marat Vazykhovich, Tatar  by nationality, lives in Tashkent. He was a professional footballer and played for the Pakhtakor team (1980-86), the 1993 champion of Kazakhstan with Traktor (Pavlodar). Coaches the team of the Republican School of Higher Sports Skill of Football, Tashkent. Mother – Lyubov Mikhailovna , lives in Moscow. She played in the national basketball team of Uzbekistan. Alina has a younger sister, Lisana Kabaeva, who, along with her studies at the University of Service in the specialty “hotel business”, was planning to buy a hotel. Alina began to practice gymnastics at the age of 3.5.
Alina Kabaeva studied at school № 195 in the city of Tashkent, where there is a memorial plaque at the entrance.
Alina began to practice rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 3.5. Lyubov Mikhailovna wanted her daughter to seriously engage in figure skating or rhythmic gymnastics. There were no strong figure skating schools in hot Uzbekistan, so the choice fell on rhythmic gymnastics. Alina’s first coaches were A. Malkina and E. Tarasova.
When Alina was 12 years old, her mother realized that it would not be possible to fully develop Alina’s potential in Tashkent, and took her to Moscow – to Irina Aleksandrovna Viner. The coach immediately set a condition: to lose weight (by gymnastic standards, Alina is inclined to be overweight, and even earned the nickname “TV on legs” from early coaches). Since 1995, Alina has been training in Moscow with Irina Viner. Has been playing for the Russian national team since 1996.
2 years after the start of playing for the Russian national team, at the age of 15, she won the European Championship (1998), and subsequently became the absolute European champion 4 times. In 1999 she won the World Championship.
2000 Olympics in Sydney
Being a universally recognized favorite, Kabaeva made a gross mistake in her performance with a hoop (he rolled out of the carpet) and eventually took only third place.
In 2001, the leaders of the world rhythmic gymnastics Russian women Alina Kabaeva and Irina Chashchina were convicted of using furosemide, as a result of which both were disqualified for two years. The athletes have been stripped of all the 2001 Goodwill Games and World Cup awards. From August 2001 to August 2002, gymnasts were not allowed to take part in any competitions. The second year of disqualification was given conditionally, that is, athletes were allowed to compete in official tournaments, but they were under strict control.
Although furosemide itself is not a doping, it is used in sports medicine to eliminate prohibited substances and, as a result, itself is equated to doping drugs and banned for use in athletes by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
2004 Olympics in Athens
Again being a favorite, she took first place.
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing
The plans for Kabaeva’s participation in the 2008 Olympics were repeatedly announced, but this did not happen.
She completed her sports career in 2007.
In 2007 she graduated from the Moscow State University of Service, having received the qualification of a specialist in the field of sports management. In 2009 she graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Physical Culture named after P.F. Lesgaft. Both formations are correspondence courses.
Political and social activities
From December 2001 to October 2005 she was a member of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party.
On June 28, 2005, she openly expressed her civic position on the high-profile trial, signing, among 50 members of the public, a “Letter in support of the verdict to the former leaders of Yukos”.
From October 2005 to September 2007 she was a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation. Within the framework of the Public Chamber’s Commission on the Development of Charity, Charity and Volunteering, she dealt with the problem of insurance of athletes. According to media reports, Kabaeva was removed from the Public Chamber in September 2007, as she and Pugacheva “not only did not work, but did not appear at all at the meetings.”
In 2007 she became a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the 5th convocation. Elected on the federal list of the United Russia party, assigned to the constituency in Nizhnekamsk. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Youth Affairs Committee.
Under her patronage, a telephone hotline for schoolchildren on the Unified State Exam was operating during the 2008 and 2009 exam sessions.
On February 15, 2008, she was elected Chairman of the Public Council of the National Media Group holding.
She visited the South Ossetian capital – the city of Tskhinval, which was destroyed during the battles for Tskhinval during the armed conflict in South Ossetia in 2008.
She is the head of the Alina Kabaeva Charitable Foundation  . The Foundation is engaged in the construction of a sports complex in Tskhinval, organizing the “Hotline for the Unified State Exam”, helping rural libraries in the constituency of Alina Kabaeva – Nizhnekamsk region of Tatarstan, organizing a children’s festival of rhythmic gymnastics.
Film and TV
During the disqualification, Kabaeva hosted the weekly program “Sport Empire” on the 7 TV channel and starred in the Japanese feature film “Red Shadow”. She starred in the video for the song of the “Game of Words” group “Alina Kabaeva”.
In July 2008, the filming of Alina Kabaeva’s weekly author’s program about the life and career of successful people began – “Steps to Success” on the REN TV channel. Many famous Russian athletes, singers, actors and politicians have attended the program. Since 2010, the program has moved to Channel Five (Russia).
The plot, dedicated to Alina Kabaeva and her path to the gold medal in Athens, became part of the film “Our Victories”, the eighth volume of the documentary series “Collected Olympic Works”, which was released on the Sports Channel in 2008.
In 2006, Alina became a laureate of the national award “Woman of the Year” Glamor “(according to the results of a vote by the readers of the magazine), and was also recognized as the sexiest in Russia among 10 winners of the” Top 10 Sexy “award in the category of” sports “. She was shot nude in Maxim magazine, as well as in Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya’s project “Calendar”, magazine “Caravan of History”, 2003. In 2010, she became one of the few non-models (along with Alla Pugacheva, Anna Kournikova, Renata Litvinova and Ingeborga Dapkunaite), whose photo was placed on the cover of the Russian magazine Vogue.
Kabaeva is dedicated to the songs of Murat Nasyrov “Alina” and the group “Word game” “Alina Kabaeva”.
The scandal surrounding the publication about the allegedly preparing a wedding with Putin
Main article : Scandal surrounding the publication about the allegedly preparing the wedding of Putin and Kabaeva
Putin and Kabaeva during the show after the competitions for the Russian Cup and the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, December 1, 2001.
The famous scandalous publication about her upcoming wedding with Vladimir Putin, which was published on April 12, 2008 in the Saturday issue of the Moscow Correspondent newspaper, is associated with the name of Kabaeva. This news was reprinted by a number of Russian and European media outlets.
Kabaeva’s press secretary Elizaveta Ovchinnikova refused to comment on this news and demanded that the newspaper print a refutation. On April 18, in Sardinia, V. Putin at a press conference in response to a question about the publication in the “Moscow Correspondent” said that in this story “there is not a single word of truth.” On the same day, the director general of the National Media Company, Artyom Artyomov, announced the decision to suspend the publication of the Moscow Correspondent, according to him, due to the unprofitableness of the newspaper, and the dismissal of the editor-in-chief. However, on April 21, it was announced that the newspaper would continue to be published. On October 30, 2008, Alexander Lebedev announced the final closure of the newspaper. The general director of the New Media holding (which included the Moskovsky Correspondent and Novaya Gazeta newspapers) Artyom Artyomov said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper,
According to a number of publications, Alina Kabaeva became the owner of the highest income for 2009 among the “star deputies” and among the sportsmen’s deputies (12.9 million rubles according to the income statement).
According to a number of publications, on June 1, 2010, the Public Chamber intended to publish a list of truant deputies who are regularly absent from Duma meetings. It was assumed that the list should have included, in particular, Kabaeva. However, the Public Chamber at the last moment recognized the publication of this list as “meaningless”.