Roza Galieva

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Roza Galieva is one of the few gymnasts in WAG history to have competed for three different nations. Galieva first competed for the Soviet Union at the 1991 World Championships. Following the breakup of the USSR Roza was named to the 1992 Unified Team of ex-Soviet nations (EUN) which competed at the 1992 Olympics under the Olympic flag. Just two months past her 15th birthday, Roza was was the second youngest athlete on the EUN team across all Olympic sports. It was at these Olympics where Roza qualified to the All-Around, but was infamously substituted out for Tatiana Gutsu.

It would go down as one of the most controversial moments in WAG history, and perhaps unfairly, she is remembered more for her role in this particular incident than her actual athletic accomplishments. After the 1992 Olympics came to an end Roza’s nationality reverted to the newly independent Uzbekistan. Galieva’s time with the Uzbek national program would prove to be short lived. By the end of the 1993-1996 Olympic quad Roza had successfully changed her nationality to Russia and was named to the 1996 Russian Olympic team. During her career Roza appeared in two Olympics. Her last major competition was the 1997 University Games.

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