Olympic champion rarely appears in public. This time Kabaeva appeared at the international rhythmic gymnastics tournament - "Moscow Grand Prix 2017" in late February. White dress, modest jewelry and silver heels ... but all eyes on this day were not only on her. The audience turned around at the young spectator that came to watch the competition.
17-year-old gymnast from Novomoskovsk Julia Vostrugina was asked: "Are you a sister of Alina Kabaeva?".
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Julia has been training since she was about 5 years old, and at seven she met the star. She went to the idol at the competition: "Are you really Alina Kabaeva" She laughed in response, embraced her: "It seems to be." And even photographed with the girl on memory.
Even then Vostrugina heard from a coach that she is similar to the idol. She wondered: "We need to learn the exercises with a hoop, which was fatal for Kabaeva at the Olympics 2000, and to perform with it before Irina Viner."
"I repeated exercise, but could not show them what I got, - says Vostrugina. - Everything is very well, but we can not take you," - this was the verdict. I was upset because did not know the reasons - I performed smoothly with proficient technique. It took me a long time to get over failure. My family went to great lengths to help me in my sports career: moving from town to town, we spend a lot of money. Dad broke down and left us".
Love for a woman idol made the girl not only hope for a miracle, but also to continue her case. She started a blog on YouTube and became a leading analog of the Alina Kabaeva's program "Steps to Success". Julia gives advices to the beginning gymnasts and shows exercises.
"It's amazing, but I have already attracted nearly 20 thousand people! - Continues celebrity lookalike. - But will never sell advertising. My goal - to teach the kids and help them make the first steps in the sport. I will do good things for free, like Alina Kabaeva! "