Polina Aleksandrovna Shchennikova (Russian: Полина Александровна Щенникова, born January 7, 1998 in Moscow) is a Russian-born junior elite American artistic gymnast. She has since moved to the United States, where she resides in Arvada, Colorado, and trains at TIGAR Gymnastics. She is coached by her parents, both of whom were members of the Soviet National Team in the late 1980's. She has two younger sisters, Kristina, who is a Level 4 gymnast, and Alyona, who is part of the HOPES program, which is just under junior elite level.
Shchennikova's national debut was the CoverGirl Classic, where she placed a disappointing thirty-ninth in the all-around and did not advance to the Junior Visa Championships.
Shchennikova continued to train and began her 2011 season by competing at the WOGA Classic. She placed second on uneven bars and floor exercise, third in the all-around, and sixth on vault. She then went on to compete at the CoverGirl Classic again, where she placed twenty-fourth in the all-around, but this time advanced to the Junior Visa Championships.
At the Junior Visa Championships, she placed nineteenth in the all-around, and tied for tenth on floor exercise. However, she was not selected to the Junior National team.
2012In 2012, Shchennikova was determined to make the National team. She started her 2012 season by tying for second in the all-around at the Nastia Liukin Cup. Afterwards, she competed at the American Classic, where she placed first on uneven bars, sixth in the all-around (tied) and on balance beam, and seventh on vault.
Shchennikova then competed at the Secret US Classic, where she had a much better competition than she did last year, placing second on uneven bars and ninth in the all-around. She qualified to the Junior Visa Championships. At Championships, she placed fourth on uneven bars and tenth in the all-around. Shchennikova was invited to a National team training camp, and was officially named to the National team in November.
Shchennikova competed at the WOGA Classic in February, where she won the vault. She also placed fourth in the all-around and on floor exercise.
Shchennikova competed at the US Classic, where she won bronze on uneven bars and placed eighth in the all-around. At Nationals, she won bronze on uneven bars, placed eighth in the all-around and twelfth on beam.
Shchennikova becomes a senior gymnast in 2014.
|2011||Junior WOGA Classic||3rd||6||2nd||2nd|
|Junior American Classic||3rd||7||3rd||8||8|
|2012||Nastia Liukin Cup||2nd||1st||3rd|
|Junior American Classic||6||7||1st||6|
|Junior Secret U.S. Classic||9||2nd|
|Junior Visa Championships||10||4|
|Junior U.S. Classic||8||17||3rd||11|
|Junior U.S. National Championships||8||13||3rd||12||23|
2010-2012 - "El Tango de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge!