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Her international career with the Russian national 8-way team Evolution Pro began after she had won the Russian national 4-way championship title with Wild Wind in 2003. She also competed with Wild Wind for Russia at the World Meet 2003 in Gap, France, where her team finished in 9th place with a 16.9 average.
Alena Chistova continued with Evolution Pro for two more years and represented Russia once again at the World Meet 2006 in Germany. The Russian 8-way team won another set of bronze medals, this time with a 17.3 average. The distance to the 8-way powerhouses France (20.5) and USA (19.8) had grown between 2004 and 2006.
It was the last 8-way season for the Russian female world-class competitor for now. Alena Chistova has returned to the 4-way event with the beginning of the 2007 season. She has joined the Russian team Jet Bats in the Center Outside position and will now represent her country in FAI's female 4-way category.
The Jet Bats continued in 2006 with the same line-up and lifted the scoring average to 10.6 at the Russian Nationals 2006 and 12.8 at a regional competition in Ukraine. The 10.6 average at the Russian Nationals was only good enough for the 2nd place since the Ladybirds were dominating the female 4-way competition in Russia by then.
FAI Anton Malevsky Memorial International Cup 2007
4 - 6 July 2007, Stupino - Russia
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It was no surprise that the Ladybirds easily won the Russian Nationals 2006 over the Jet Bats and qualified as the national team for the World Meet 2006. However, the performance in Germany was disappointing, and the Ladybirds barely defended the bronze medals with a 14.6 average, while France (17.8) and Great Britain (19.0) scored significantly higher.
Three of the original Jet Bats members are still in the 2007 line-up. Zhanna Kazakova (Center Inside) will do the center work together with Alena Chistova. Vitaliya Kupriyanenko continues as the Point and Varvara Sadovnikova as the Tail. Ekaterina Kopylova is filming the team again this year. She already joined the Jet Bats in 2006.
The Jet Bats have also put together a very strong support team for the 2007 season. Ekaterina Voronina, former Ladybirds member, will be available for the Jet Bats as the team's alternate.
Nikolay Vylegzhanin is the other coach working with the Jet Bats. He was Alena Chistova's teammate with Wild Wind at the World Meet in 2003 and competed with Extreme.RU in 2005. His team posted a 21.0 average at the Malevsky Cup 2006 and set a new official 4-way world record with the 44-pointer in Round 10 (see video).
The NSL News audience will be able to follow the first official appearance of the new Jet Bats line-up. The team has signed up for the Malevsky Cup 2007, and it will be very interesting to see on which scoring level the new Russian national 4-way team will begin its road to the World Meet 2008.