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Up-and-comer Nailya Mustafina

April 11, 2008

Her older sister Aliya made a name for herself in the U.S. at the 2006 Friendship Classic. And two years later, 11-year-old Nailya Mustafina appears to be doing the same thing.

Nailya Mustafina, 2008 WOGA Classic, Balance Beam:

Aliya Mustafina, 2006 Friendship Classic, Balance Beam:

The comparison between the two, both shown below on balance beam at age 11, is interesting. Although each has the superb form that characterizes most of Russia’s juniors, my bet is that Nailya grows up to be the powerful one (that’s an intense double pike dismount for an 11-year-old.)

At 13, Aliya, who was just second to teammate Tatiana Nabieva at the 2008 junior European Championships in France, already seems quite long-legged and willowy.

Aliya Mustafina, 2008 Junior European Championships, Floor Exercise: