Tatiana Nabieva (RUS) – November 21, 1994
Tatiana was the star of the 2008 Junior European Russian Team. She had the highest all-around score during the qualifying round and won medals on all the events: gold with the team, gold on the beam and floor and silver on vault and bars.
In 2010 – her debut year as a senior – she presented a breath-taking new skill on bars (toe-on laid out Tkachev) which was named after her. During the qualifying round at Worlds she finished 10th on bars, two places away from the bars final. However during the team competition things went very wrong for Nabieva and she fell twice from the bars. Fortunately her team managed to recover and win gold.
During the all-around competition Tatiana hit her bars routine but fell on beam and finished well out of the medals. During the vault final Tatiana faced some tough luck when her 2.5 Yurchenko was downgraded to a DTY losing seventh tenths in difficulty and leaving her in a tearful fourth place.
In 2011 Tatiana was a bars and vault specialist, however she never vaulted the Amanar again. This was perhaps the disappointment of Rotterdam, accumulated injuries and the torn ACL of Aliya Mustafina.
A more mature Tatiana arrived at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo where she redeemed herself from her performance of the previous year by hitting her routine during the team final and helping Russia to second place.
Individually she had a chance of a medal on bars. During the final she was the last to go and she knew she had the difficulty to challenge for a medal. It was a true test to her character to perform under that amount of pressure and she gave the routine of her life to finish in the silver medal position.
In 2012 Tatiana was absent due to injuries, and had left Round Lake to return home. For a long time it seemed she would not contest for a spot in the Olympic Team, but she returned to the National Training Center shortly before the Olympics and was a strong candidate for the team.
With four positions secured the last spot of the team was to go to the gymnast who could do the best Amanar. Unfortunately Tatiana could not recover the skill in time and the spot went to Maria Paseka with Tatiana named first reserve.
Let’s hope we haven’t seen the last of Nabieva yet.
Tatiana Nabieva – 2011 Worlds – Bars EF
Article: Isabel Zamora
Editor: Maree Jones
Join in the conversation on Facebook on The Couch Gymnast’s News Page.
Join the TCG Twitter