Athlete Spotlight: Yana Kudryatseva
Yana Kudryatseva (RUS) won the final stop on the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup tour over the weekend in Kazan. In posting the highest score this season of 74.95, she secured the title and the favorite mantle for the World Championship, to be contested later this month in Turkey. She is already the defending champion of the Worlds, and the youngest-ever holder of that title, having won it at 15 and in her first senior Worlds. This year, in addition to the World Cup title this year, she is the European champion and the Russian national champion. She does come from athletic stock, as her father Alexsey is a medal-winning Olympic swimmer from 1992. At such a young age, she seems poised for a long run of continued success, and to continue the string tradition of Russian power in the sport.
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