Rhythmic gymnast widely considered one of the best in the world who won all-around gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the first rhythmic gymnast ever to win gold medals in the all-around at two Olympic Games.
She was born in Omsk and trained at the prestigious School of the Olympic Reserve.
She set records for most World and European titles. She also became the first rhythmic gymnast in history to win gold in all six events at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.
She was coached by her father, retired Greco-Roman wrestler Oleg Kanaev.
She was presented with the Merit for the Fatherland IV Degree by Russian President Vladimir Putin.