Rozalia Galiyeva

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Rozalia Galiyeva
Full nameRozaliya Ilfatovna Galiyeva
Alternative name(s)Roza Galieva
Country represented Russia
Former countries representedOlympic flag.svg Unified Team
 Soviet Union
Born (1977-04-26) 26 April 1977 (age 43)
Olmaliq, Uzbek SSR , Soviet Union
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Head coach(es)Roza Borisovna Ishkova, Leonid Arkayev
Olympic medal record
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Olympic Games
Olympic rings without rims.svg
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Team
Representing  Russia
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Team
World Championships
Representing  Soviet Union
Gold medal – first place 1991 Indianapolis Team
European Championships
Representing  Russia
Gold medal – first place 1996 Birmingham Balance Beam
Silver medal – second place 1996 Birmingham Team

Rozaliya Ilfatovna Galiyeva (Russian: Розалия Ильфатовна Галиева; born 28 April 1977), also known as Roza Galieva, is a retired artistic gymnast who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Galiyeva was born on 26 April 1977 in Olmaliq, Uzbek SSR (now Uzbekistan). She became a Russian citizen in 1995. With her husband Mikhail, she has one son, Nikita, and one daughter, Tatyana.


1991 to 1994[edit]

Galiyeva began competing internationally for the USSR in 1991, sharing in the team gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Indianapolis.

She competed with the Unified Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. She exceeded expectations in the preliminary competition, finishing 8th and qualifying for the individual all-around final behind teammates Svetlana Boguinskaya and Tatiana Lysenko.

However, before the all-around, coach Alexander Alexandrov pulled Galiyeva from the competition, citing a knee injury. Her replacement was teammate Tatiana Gutsu. Although Gutsu had fallen from the balance beam in the team finals, she was renowned for her extreme difficulty and the reigning European all-around champion and a Worlds medalist on bars and beam. It was later revealed that Galiyeva's injury was non-existent, and that the substitution was made because Gutsu was considered to have better medal-winning potential. Indeed, Gutsu emerged from the Olympic all-around as the gold medalist. While Gutsu split her prize money with Galiyeva, Galiyeva always remained angry about this turn of events.

After the 1992 Olympics, Galiyeva competed for Uzbekistan.

For Russia[edit]

After receiving Russian citizenship in 1995, Galiyeva began competing for the Russian team. Her first major meet for Russia was the European Championships in 1996 where she won gold on balance beam, beating such renowned gymnasts as Gina Gogean and former teammate Svetlana Boguinskaya, who was now competing for Belarus.

As the only returning Olympian, Galiyeva was named team captain of the Russian squad at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. However, these Olympics would also prove to be less than positive for her. The Russian squad was disappointed in the team finals, where they finished second to the U.S. after leading for the first half of the competition. Galiyeva, along with other gymnasts such as Lavinia Miloșovici, Simona Amanar and Svetlana Khorkina, were distracted by the rowdy American crowd. In the team finals, Galiyeva competed on floor exercise just after Kerri Strug's vault that won the gold for the USA; the cheering crowd watched Galiyeva with more attention than they had her teammates, but the spotlight was elsewhere. The situation was repeated two days later in the all-around finals, when Galiyeva was performing, again on floor exercise, while American favorite Shannon Miller was on balance beam, and Galiyeva could not properly hear her music over the deafening crowd noise when Miller's impressive routine ended, and again when the score was flashed.

Individually, Galiyeva finished in the top 10 (7th) in the all-around competition, fulfilling her goal to compete, but again she was disappointed. A balance beam medal seemed easily in her reach in event finals (her team optionals and all-around beam scores would have been enough to tie her for first and second respectively). However, although she started confidently and at first looked to be a contender for the gold, she fell on a front somersault near the end of her routine and finished in 7th place on that event. She had also earned a slot in the event finals for vault, but finished just shy of a medal there, in 4th.

After Atlanta, Galiyeva participated in exhibition tours and competitions in the United States. Her last major competition was the World University Games in 1997.

Post-competitive career[edit]

After retiring from competition, Galiyeva performed in an ice skating show, Moscow Circus on Ice, and judged gymnastics competitions in Russia.

Competitive history[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
1991 World Championships 1st
1992 European Championships 12th
World Championships
Olympic Games 1st
1993 World Championships 6th
1996 European Championships 2nd 1st 5th
World Championships 8th
Olympic Games 2nd 7th 4th 7th
  • Competitor for Russia
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta Team 2 388.404
All-around 7 38.905 8 77.723
Vault 4 9.743 5 19.512
Uneven bars 12 19.512
Balance beam 7 9.112 5 19.462
Floor exercise 29 19.237
World Championships San Juan Vault (Semi−final) 11 9.506
Vault (Qualification) 1 9.687
Balance beam (Semi−final) 10 9.462
Balance beam (Qualification) 8 9.762
Floor exercise 8 9.637
Floor exercise (Semi−final) 4 9.762
Floor exercise (Qualification) 6 9.725
European Championships Birmingham Team 2 115.659
All-around 10 38.261
Vault 55 9.150
Uneven bars 9 9.712
Balance beam 1 9.725 3 9.687
Floor exercise 5 9.762 5 9.712
  • Competitor for Uzbekistan
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1993 World Championships Birmingham All-around 6 38.586 18 37.798
Vault 32 9.534
Uneven bars 15 9.487
Balance beam 32 9.212
Floor exercise 15 9.475
  • Competitor for CIS
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona Team 1 395.666
All-around WD 8 78.885
Vault 20 19.699
Uneven bars 14 19.750
Balance beam 11 19.662
Floor exercise 10 19.774
World Championships Paris Uneven bars (Semi−final) WD
Uneven bars (Qualification) 2 9.912
Balance beam (Semi−final) WD
Balance beam (Qualification) 3 9.850
Floor exercise (Semi−final) WD
Floor exercise (Qualification) 4 9.887
  • Competitor for Soviet Union
Year Competition description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
1991 World Championships Indianapolis Team 1 396.055
All-around 9 78.949
Vault 10 19.737
Uneven bars 6 19.800
Balance beam 11 19.650
Floor exercise 9 19.762

Major results[edit]

  • 1997 World University Games: 1st team; 2nd BB
  • 1996 Olympic Games: 2nd team; 7th AA; 4th VT; 7th BB
  • 1996 World Championships: 6th FX
  • 1996 European Championships: 1st BB; 2nd team; 5th VT
  • 1995 Olympic Test Event: 1st FX; 2nd AA; 2nd UB; 6th VT
  • 1993 World Championships: 6th AA
  • 1992 Olympic Games: 1st team
  • 1992 World Championships: 2nd UB; 3rd BB; 4th FX (all prelims)
  • 1992 Moscow World Stars: 1st BB; 2nd FX; 4th AA
  • 1991 World Championships: 1st team
  • 1991 Moscow World Stars: 5th AA; 8th UB
  • 1991 USSR Nationals: 4th AA

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