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July 30, 1991 |
Sochi, Krasnodar Krai
|Height||169 centimetres (5 ft 7 in)|
|Head coach(es)||Irina Viner|
|Assistant coach(es)||Anna Shumilova|
Daria Kondakova (Russian: Дарья Кондакова; born 30 July 1991) is a Russian rhythmic gymnast from Moscow, Russia. She is the 2010 World Champion in Rope, a three-time (2011, 2010, 2009) World all-around silver medalist, the 2010 European all-around silver medalist, two time (2010, 2009) World Cup Final all-around silver medalist and two time (2010, 2009) Grand Prix Final all-around silver medalist. She was coached by Anna Shumilova.
Kondakova was the gold medalist at the 2006 European Junior Championships in ribbon as well as the junior team event. She briefly competed as part of the Russian national group until 2008 where she competed again as an individual gymnast.
Kondakova's individual breakthrough was in 2009 when she obtained very good results in her first senior season, culminating in her all around silver medal at the Worlds Championships in Mie just behind teammate and 2008 Olympic champion Evgenia Kanaeva. She is a three-time World Championship silver medalist in all-around for three consecutive years, having won the silver medal in four individual apparatus in clubs, hoop, ribbon and ball.
In 2010, Kondakova repeated her success as the all-around silver medalist for World Cup events in Pesaro and Portimao as well as in Grand Prix and international tournaments.
In 2011 season, Kondakova won the all-around gold medal at World Cup events in Kiev, Sofia and in Portimao. She won against teammate Evgenia Kanaeva. In September 2011, at the 2011 World Championships in Montpellier, France, she won the silver medal in the all-around and in all four individual apparatus, 0.05 points behind Kanaeva.
In 2012, Kondakova opted to participate at the London test qualifications for the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning the qualifications event. She then competed at the Moscow Grand Prix winning the all-around gold medal ahead of teammate Evgenia Kanaeva. At the World Cup event in Penza, she won gold in ball apparatus as well as the all around. In Sofia and Pesaro, she won the silver medal in all-around behind Evgenia Kanaeva. Kondakova sustained a knee injury and was replaced by Alexandra Merkulova at the 2012 European Championships.
Irina Viner, the Russian head coach and President of the Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics, said the issue of participation in the Olympics remained open and would be resolved only after the June Grand Prix in Austria and the World Cup in Belarus in July. Kondakova underwent a minor surgery for her knee in Germany. In an June 2012 conference, Irina Viner said that a relapse of an old Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevented Kondakova from competing: "Only a miracle could help Kondakova to recover in time for Olympic Games. We are now trying all possible ways for Kondakova to recover. She is not ready to compete at the World Cup. She will continue training after the World Cup (in Minsk) but it's not certain if it will be enough preparation up to August 9." Viner said that Alexandra Merkulova and Daria Dmitrieva would compete for the second Olympic berth.
Kondakova retired from rhythmic gymnastics shortly after her knee surgery, her coach Anna Shumilova said “She had a very serious injury, the recovery from which takes about half a year, It’s too late to start all over again.” 
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