is a Russian Honored Master of Sports, a retired rhythmic gymnast, and a politician.Kabaeva is one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic rymnastics, with two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals, and 25 European Championship medals.From 2007 to 2014, Kabaeva was a State Duma Deputy from the United Russia Party.
In her young teens, Kabaeva moved to Russia, where her mother took her to the Russian Head Coach, Irina Viner, who liked her from the start.
Kabaeva stayed with Viner, and made her international debut in 1996.
In 1998, the 15-year-old Kabaeva won the European Championships in Portugal.
At the time, Kabaeva was the youngest member of the Russian squad, competing alongside internationally recognized teammates, such as Amina Zaripova.
In 1999, Kabaeva became the European Champion for the second consecutive time, and won the World Title in Osaka, Japan.
Kabaeva went on to win a total of 5 All-Around titles at the European Championships, and added another World Title in 2003 in Budapest, Hungary.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, in Australia, Kabaeva was expected to claim Gold in All-Around; however, due to an error in an otherwise exceptional performance—she dropped her hoop, and ran to retrieve it outside of the competition area—Kabaeva won the Bronze Medal, with the final score of 39.466 (Rope 9.925, Hoop 9.641, Ball 9.950, Ribbon 9.950).
Belarus' Yulia Raskina took the Silver Medal, while fellow Russian teammate, Yulia Barsukova, won the Olympic Gold Medal.
At the 2001 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, Kabaeva won the Gold Medal for the Ball, Clubs, Hoop, Rope, the Individual All-Around, and the Team competitions.
At the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, Kabaeva won the Gold Medal for the Ball, Clubs, and Rope competitions, and the Silver in the Individual All-Around, and Hoop.
However, Kabaeva and her teammate, Irina Tchachina, tested positive to a banned diuretic (furosemide), and were stripped of their medals.