Team Visa CEMEA Hopeful
Date of birth: 22/04/84
Hometown: Leninsk- Kuxnetskii, Russia
Achievements to date:
Russian Cup, 1st AA
European Championship, 1st AA
Russian Championship, 1st AA
World Championship, 2nd Teams
European Championship, 1st Teams
Olympic Games, 6th teams
World Championship, 4th Teams
European Championship, 1st AA, 3rdPB
Maxim Deviatovski is proving to be one of the most promising athletes in Russia. During the last five years he has been achieving consistent competition results. In 2007 he was appointed as number one of the Russian gymnastics team.
Maxim started gymnastics at the age of five, developing his skills at the specialized children’s sports school where his father was a trainer. At first he was an ordinary athlete but soon became the best in his peer group. He enjoyed performing at various contests and achieved continual success by winning most of them. During his first trip to France, where he spent a good deal of time training with the French gymnasts, he realised that his ultimate goal was to be a professional sportsman, and to win Olympic Gold.
In 1999 he was included in the Russian national gymnastics team and by 2002 he was a team winner of the European Youth Championships. In just two years, Maxim had become the number 1 in the all-around competition at the European Youth Championships and he continued to prosper over the next few years in major competitions.
During the 2007 European Championships, Maxim clinched the European gymnastics all-around title by edging out the favorite, Fabian Hambuechen of Germany. That year he was proclaimed "Russian Honored Master of Sport" in artistic gymnastics.
During the winter of 2007/2008, Maxim joined Alexey Nemov’s ground breaking show, "The Flights of Time’", which has successfully brought sport (especially gymnastics) to a larger audience in Russia.
Maxim hadn’t competed at any events in 2008, until he took part at the National Championships in February; he was disappointed to finish in 4th place. Despite being out of the medals, his finish was high enough to gain him entry to the European Championships (all round and parallel bars).
He recently qualified at the Russian Cup as a member of the Russian National team that will travel to Beijing in August.
When asked about his mentor, Alexey Nemov, he says that he respects Alexey’s achievements and wants to reach the same results which he says 'are almost unattainable'.