Alexandra Raisman (C) of the U.S. celebrates winning a gold medal during the womenâ€™s gymnastics floor exercise victory ceremony with silver medallist Romaniaâ€™s Catalina Ponor (L) and bronze medallist Russiaâ€™s Aliya Mustafina in the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 7, 2012.
Tatar Russian Muslim gymnast Aliya Mustafina has now bagged four Olympic medals at the 2012 London Games including a gold. She started with a silver medal as part of the team all-around, with the Russian team finishing second to the American team. She subsequently took home a bronze in the individual all-around competition. Mustafina then topped things off with a sparkling gold medal in the uneven bars competition. Finally, for good measure, she put on a dazzling display in the floor exercises but finished third, gaining her the bronze medal.
Mustafina is now officially the most decorated Russian athlete at the 2012 London Games. â€œI must say itâ€™s a great pleasure to win so many medals for my country,â€ she told the press, â€œAll that hard work wasnâ€™t for nothing. Itâ€™s a great feeling.â€
It has been a trying couple of years for Mustafina, not only because the of the pressure of international competition, but also from having to recover from a serious knee injury. But it seems that she has the vigor to continue with high-level gymnastics. â€œIâ€™m certainly not stopping now. Iâ€™m going to continue now. Iâ€™ll continue training. Iâ€™ll start training for the next Olympics right away,â€ said the seventeen-year-old. â€œYou know, Iâ€™m not used to going to going to an event and winning just one medal. You get a taste for it, and you want to win more medals.â€