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Daria Yelizarova: 'There Are Always Chances'
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Still enjoying success in her lengthy career, 2006 European junior all-around champion Daria Yelizarova of Russia told IG she is motivated by her potential and diligence.

"There are always chances," she said. "The main thing is to work, and work on yourself."

Daria Yelizarova (Russia)

Yelizarova, 26, has been competing internationally for more than a dozen years. She won two gold medals and two bronze medals at last month's Gym Festival Trnava meet in Slovakia, and has placed in the top 10 all-around at the past four Russian championships. A native of Tula, Russia, she has also helped her Central squad win the team title at the Russian championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Yelizarova said she was pleased with her results in Trnava but sees room for development.

"Most of all I was happy with my performance on beam in the final," she said. "I want to improve my execution on floor exercise, as well as raise the start value."

Yelizarova, who competed for Uzbekistan from 2010-2012, originally did not intend to extend her career beyond 2012, when she envisioned herself taking part in the Olympics in London.

"When I left to compete for Uzbekistan, I thought only about getting to the Olympic Games in London," she said. "I left there after I did not get to the Olympics, because there was nothing to do there. After coming to Russia, I did not plan to continue to compete. I worked as a coach. After a while, it all happened that way."

Yelizarova said her next target is the University Games in Taipei next month. A good performance there could lead to new opportunities, she said.

"Now the main thing is to get into the team at the Universiade and show a decent result," said Yelizarova, who placed seventh all-around, second on floor exercise, third on vault and first with the winning Russian team at the 2015 University Games in Gwangju, Korea. "Everything else will depend on this. If everything goes well, I will prepare for the World and European Championships."

When Yelizarova decides to definitely end her competitive career, she is confident that professional opportunities as a coach await her.

"There are great prospects and the experience of work, so I think that everything will turn out in the future," she told IG.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

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