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Maria Bondareva
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Bondareva at the 2015 Russian Championships

Full name

Maria Anatolyevna Bondareva

Nickname

Masha

Country represented

Flag of Russia Russia

Born

November 28 1999 (1999-11-28) (age 17)
Fryazino, Moscow Oblast, Russia

Years on National Team

2012-2015

Coach(es)

Ulyana Pursheva, Yuriy Bachurin

Current status

Retired

Maria Anatolyevna Bondareva (Russian: Мария Анатольевна Бондарева, born November 28 in Fryazino) is a retired elite Russian gymnast. She trained under Ulyana Pursheva and Yuriy Bachurin and alongside teammate Maria Stepanova.

Junior Career

2012

Bondareva has a lot of international experience for such a young Russian gymnast. In 2012, she competed at the International Gymnix and City of Jesolo Trophy. At Gymnix, she won the all-around. At Jesolo, she helped the junior Russian team place third and placed eighth in the all-around. She was too young to compete at the Junior European Championships. She competed at the Voronin Cup in December but did not medal.

2013

In January, Bondareva competed at the International Gymnix. She helped the Russian team win the team gold in the Junior Cup division. She also tied for gold in the all-around with compatriot Anastasia Dmitrieva, and won silver on balance beam. Later, she competed at the European Youth Olympic Festival, winning the team and balance beam gold medal, and placed fifth in the all-around. In September, she competed at the Japan Junior International, placing sixth in the all-around and winning bronze on uneven bars.

2014

Bondareva competed at the Russian Championships in April, winning gold with her team. However, she pulled out of the all-around and event finals. She was later named to the junior Russian team for the European Championships, winning team gold. That November, she competed at the KSI-Matsz Cup, winning bronze in the junior all-around.

Senior Career

2015

Bondareva's senior debut came at the Russian Championships in March, where she won team gold and placed eighth in the all-around, bars, and floor. In May, she competed at a friendly meet against gymnasts from Italy, Romania, and Colombia, winning team gold. In October, Bondareva medically retired, citing a back injury, and instead chose to go to university and become a coach.[1]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2012International Gymnix 1st1st1st1st1st
City of Jesolo Trophy3rd8
2013International Gymnix1st1st582nd4
European Youth Olympic Festival1st51st
Japan Junior International63rd
2014Russian Championships1st
Sofia European Championships1st
KSI-Matsz Cup3rd
2015Russian Championships1st888
ITA-RUS-ROU-COL Friendly1st

Floor Music

2014 - "Encore" - Thilo Wolf Jazz-Quartett & Berliner Saxophon-Ensemble / "Lorelei (Somebody Loves You)" - Rául Di Blasio

References

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