Rhythmic gymnastics occupies a special place in the register of various sports. On the one hand, this is a tough and uncompromising struggle for leadership. On the other hand, it is art, akin to ballet and ballroom dancing. It is known that the legendary Soviet ballerina Galina Ulanova strictly controlled her weight throughout her life - 49 kg. No more, no less. World and European champion, Russian gymnast Irina Chashchina holds the bar - 51 kg. At the same time, he works a lot, teaches, acts in films. And he does not deny himself sweets.
If we evaluate the biography of Irina Chashchina from a philistine point of view, then her childhood was difficult. The girl was born on April 28, 1982 in the Siberian city of Omsk. The harsh climate makes Siberians take an active life position and move towards difficulties. According to the recollections of close people, the child in the first years of life was distinguished by some fatness. The family lived in prosperity and everything was fine with the girl's food. Parental love was not blind. From an early age, the girl was purposefully engaged. At the age of six, Irina became a student of a music school.
In parallel with music lessons, the girl attended the pool and the gymnastics section. It can be argued with good reason that this is a standard set of hobbies for modern children of preschool and primary school age. However, the luminaries of pedagogy insist that professional orientation be chosen as early as possible. Some Japanese experts say that it is too late at the age of three. Irina, on the advice of her relatives, chose rhythmic gymnastics. Her grandmother took her to classes, and her grandfather was the most active fan at the competition.
Irina learned early on how big sports live. At eight years old, she takes first place in regional competitions. It is important to note that she manages to study music and communicate with her classmates in full. At the age of twelve, she is included in the Russian national team. Gymnastics takes up more and more time, and the girl has to make difficult choices. She completes her musical education ahead of schedule, having passed exams as an external student. He goes to swimming only in his free time from training.
The gymnast's professional career began in 1999. Irina Chashchina was enrolled in the national team of the country, and the legendary coach Irina Viner began to work with her. The Russian team in the same year takes first place in the European Championship. Two years later, our leading athletes, Kabaeva and Chashchina, find themselves in an unpleasant situation. They are accused of using doping and are deprived of high awards won earlier. This scandal is followed by a punishment - a ban on participating in competitions for two years. An offensive goal, as football commentators say.
Irina steadfastly endured disgrace and returned her name to high positions in the world rankings. At the Athens Olympics, held in 2004, Chashchina became the silver medalist in the all-around. A year later, she received a bronze medal at the World Championships and decided to retire from professional sports. It is no secret that many eminent athletes do not find themselves after completing their careers. Chashchina had similar problems, but in a mild form. She took part in various show projects, sang on stage, starred in films and wrote a book about her sports destiny.
The personal life of a gymnast has developed according to classical patterns. The future husband and wife played sports in the past. Spouse Evgeny Arkhipov at that time held the post of President of the Russian Federation of rowing and canoeing. The wedding was attended by eminent guests. Currently, Chashchina devotes a lot of time to working with children. Conducts master classes in different cities. Films are made about her activities and articles are published in prestigious publications.