"Yes, there will always be complaints about her helicopter legs, her unpredictability, her alleged ‘diva’ attitude, her eyeshadow and whatever else people complain about Mustafina when she constantly confounds and irritates by winning against odds. But it probably doesn’t matter. Like her or not, she will be the one who will remain in cultural memory with your Cheng Feis, your Svetlana Khorkinas, your Bogis and your Korbuts. It’s inevitable. They may not have always won, but they did defy expectations, they rose from the ashes, and they made people want to watch gymnastics".
This article pretty much sums up why Aliya is my favorite gymnast and my (newest) sports hero. She’s a champ.