Neil Jackson as Sasha Belov

Sasha Belov (played by Neil Jackson) is The Rock's new coach. He is a former

Olympic gymnast.


Sasha is the new coach at The Rock, who replaces Marty after he moves to Denver. Sasha is the only Olympic gymnast to have ever beaten Marty. Sasha has four Olympic gold medals. He kicks Emily out of the gym and out of Nationals at one point, but allows her back in after she proves she is willing to listen to him. Although he is very tough on his gymnasts, he cares for them profusely and wants them to reach their highest potential. He tries to do what is best for them, and helped Kaylie, Lauren and Emily place 1st, 4th, and 12th respectively at Nationals. Sasha is shown to be a tough coach, forcing Payson, Emily, Lauren and Kaylie to do a rigorous training exercise as a punishment for attending a party. However, he is sometimes shown to be very compassionate and caring, comforting Emily's mother at one point. Sasha had previously trained a group of gymnasts but was forced to quit after a girl died of a head injury on his watch. Sasha quit gymnastics after that, and coaching at The Rock is his first job in over five years. His relationship with the Rock manager Summer is slightly strained, as he doesn't share her beliefs and doesn't appreciate her advice, but ends up kissing her after a debate about discussing abstinence with the gymnasts. In hindsight, he says that he "lost control" and agrees with Summer that it should not happen again, though there is evidence that he has some feelings for her. Later, the two kiss again in excitement after learning that the Chinese National Team is coming to The Rock for a club meet. In the episode "And the rocky goes to" he walks Summer's home and tells her that he wants to get married but it has to be with the right woman and then they kiss. Sasha and Summer are now dating.

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