I started gymnastics at the age of 6 and I used to perform gymnastics on a TV show on Sundays. At the age of 11 I was picked to the National Team of Azerbaijan.
I've been teaching artistic & aerobic gymnastics gymnastics in Russia and the United States since I was 22. I hold a Bachelors Degree in PE and Teaching. I was the State Champion in Baku, Azerbaijan, and participated at the opening ceremony for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. I earned "Master of Sport" title in USSR in 1977 at the age of 15. Since 2003 I have been coaching, first at Emerald City Gymnastics in Redmond and now at Alpha in Woodinville as a Team Coach.
Spending time with my grandchildren.
Favorite Skill or Event:
The beam is my favorite event. My favorite skills are round-off, double back tuck dismount and a side aerial on the beam.
Russian Pie and chocolate.
Advice for students:
Take your classes seriously and stay focused. If you are struggling, do not give up. Believe in your coach and in your own power.