Euskalgym is one of the most famous events of the year, where the top gymnasts from around the world perform one or two exercises and a gala. This time, the event will be held in Buesa Arena, Vitoria (Spain).
How can I go to Vitoria?
From Bilbao airport, there is a special transportation by bus:
Airport-Bilbao: Bizkaibus Línea 3247 “Bilbao Aeropuerto”
Bilbao-Vitoria: Autobuses La Unión
From Madrid you can go by bus “Alsa Madrid-Vitoria Gasteiz”
Or you can also go by train “Renfe Madrid-Vitoria Gasteiz”
Tickets will be available on September 19 from 10:00 (Spanish timing) at http://www.euskalgym.com
- Yana Kudryavtseva RUS: current World Champion
- Alexandra Soldatova RUS: national team of Russia
- Laura Zeng USA: current junior USA champion, bronze medal at YOG 2014
- Ana Luiza Filioreanu ROU: current junior Romanian champion
- Neta Rivkin ISR: Olympian gymnast, champion of Israel
- Alina Maksymenko UKR: former gymnast from Ukraine, Olympian, Bronze medal at WC 2013, Silver EC 2013
- Silviya Miteva BUL: former gymnast from Bulgaria, bronze medallist at EC 2013, WC 2011/2009
- Varvara Filiou GRE: national champion of Greece
- Salome Phazhava GEO: national champion of Georgia
- Carolina Rodríguez ESP: current champion of Spain, Olympian
- Natalia García ESP: national team of Spain
- Melitina Staniouta BLR: silver medal at EC 2014
- Son Yeon-Jae KOR: South Korea star, 5th at London Olympic Games 2012
- Almudena Cid ESP: 4 times Olympian
- Anna Rizatdinova UKR: Hoop World Champion 2013
- Viktoria Mazur UKR: National team of Ukraine, European vice-champion in 2013
From Spain, special guests:
– Polina Berezina
– Andrea Pozo
– Sara Llana
– Mónica Alonso
– Victoria Plaza
– Paula Gómez
– Rubén Orihuela
– Ortzi Acosta
– Saioa Agirre
– Eugenia Onopko
Laura Zeng USA
Natalia García Timofeeva ESP
Almudena Cid Tostado ESP
Melitina Staniouta BLR
Russian European Champion, Darya Svatkovskaya announces her retirement from Rhythmic Gymnastics due to a serious spine injury.
“I don’t know how I will live now without Rhythmic Gymnastics”
Since she was a junior gymnast (European junior champion with group) her career is really successful. But she made her breakthrough in 2013, since Moscow Grand Prix 2013. She represented Russia in 2013 Vienna European Championships with hoop.
Darya is Oksana Skaldina’s daughter (bronze at Olympic Games 1992) and Dmitriy Svatkovsky (silver at Olympic Games 1992).
Her mother and coach Oksana Skaldina, could’t stop crying during Hoop medal Ceremony at European Championships Vienna.
“Thank you so much to all my coaches, Irina Alexandrovna Viner, Anna Shumilova and my mum. Thank you also to my choreographers, doctors, Oleg Naumov for your amazing picture”
“I don’t know how I will live now without Rhythmic Gymnastics”
“Take advantage of what you have now in this moment, because maybe next day, you won’t have it”
Canadian/Russian gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko was the favorite for winning the gold medal in the All-Around programm, but Jasmine Kerber from U.S.A resulted as the winner. Patricia was the star at Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July by taking five of the six golds up for grabs.
The first five teams have the rights to compete with 2 gymnast in PanAmerican Games in 2015. This were Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and, the gold medallist, U.S.A.
Jazzy Kerber of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, picked up the gold medal in the individual all-around, being the most regular of the competition.
Her team mate, Rebecca Sereda got medal and Angelica Kvieczynski from Brazil, bronze.
Cynthia Valdez (MEX) holding her medals
Alina Maksymenko shows off her new photosession for Ukrainian magazine, JetSetter with some other celebrities like Masha Sobko. This editorial was made to express their patriotism, how they do love their country and support their homeland. They are wearing yellow and blue clothes (Ukrainian flag colours). The project was presented in a glamorous cocktail in a luxury hotel in Kiev.
All photos, copyright by JetSetter.ua
Fourty-eight gymnasts from all around te world will compete next week in Nanjing, China for becoming Second Summer Olympic Champion. They compete in two events: individual all-around and group all-around. In the individual all-around there will be four apparatus: hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. In the group all-around there will be two apparatus: 5 hoops and 10 clubs.
There will be 18 gymnasts competing in the individual all-around and six groups of five gymnasts in the group all-around.
Finals: The top eight ranked gymnasts from the qualification qualify for the individual all-around final. The top four ranked groups from the qualification qualify for the group all-around final.
Since 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, there have been a few changes. Groups consists of 5 gymnasts instead of five and individuals will compete with ribbon instead of rope.
Last Youth Olympic Games champions were:
Individual: Alexandra Merkulova (RUS)
Groups: Russia: Alina Makararenko, Kseniya Dudkina, Olga Ilina and Karolina Sevastyanova
It will be from 26 to 27 August, 2014
Where it will be?
Second Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium
Gymnasts who was qualified for YOG in Nanjing
1 – Laura Zeng (USA)
2 – Edna Garcia (MEX)
3 – Mayra Tiago Sineriz (BRA)
1 – Yelizaveta Mainovskaya (KAZ)
2 – Anora Davlyatova (UZB)
3 – Olivia Tai (MAS)
4 – Takana Tatsuwana (JPN)
Yating Zhao (CHN)
Groups UZB, KAZ
1 – Irina Annenkova (RUS)
2 – Mariya Trubach (BLR)
3 – Erika Zafirova (BUL)
4 – Valeria Khanina (UKR)
5 – Ana Luiza Filioranu (ROM)
6 – Linoy Ashram (ISR)
7 – Nikoleta Dulgeru (MDA)
Group RUS, BUL
1 – Hana Hassan (EGY)
2 – Shannon Gardner (RSA)
3 – Basma El Yazad (MAR)
Drawing of lots/Startlist
2014 Senior Pan American Championships (and UPAG qualification for the 2015 Pan American Games) for RG, TR and MAG & WAG will be held at Hershey Centre in the city of Mississauga, Ontario (Canada).
Dates for the events are August 20 – September 1, starting with RG, followed by TR and ending with MAG & WAG.
Rhythmic gymnastics events start today until 22nd of August.
- 20th of August: Qualifications
- 21st of August: All-Around Finals
- 22nd of August: Apparatus Finals
Team U.S.A from left to right: Aliya Protto, Jasmine Kerber, Rebecca Sereda and Cindy Lu
Maria Titova was born in Penza Oblast’, Russia seventeen years ago. Since 2011, “Masha”, won several international tournaments as a junior gymnast such as Deriugina Cup 2012 where she won gold medal with the team.
Irina Viner included Maria in Senior National team with Yana Kudryavtseva, Margarita Mamun and Darya Svatkovskaya. Dinara Gimatova, former Olympic gymnasts who represented both Russia and Azerbaijan, was her first coach in Novogorsk. In 2013 Maria got 5th position in Russian Championships.
“My favorite gymnast ever is Irina Chaschina
European Team Champion, Daria Svatkovskaya got injured so that Maria became number 3 of team Russia. Irina Chaschina (Masha’s favorite gymnast) and Evgeniya Kanaeva coach, Vera Shtelbaums, is right now working with Titova.
Maria attended to almost every top competitions of the year: Grand Prix Moscow, Grand Prix Thiais, World Cup Stuttgart or Grand Prix Holon.
Her next competition will be in Kazan (World Cup) just before World Championships in Izmir.
Maria Titova Grand Prix Thiais 2014
Photo Copyright Cybile C
Ukrainian former rhythmic gymnastics double Olympic participant, Alina Maksymenko is one of the most admired gymnasts nowadays. Why? Her artistry, charisma and strenght made Alina one of the most popular gymnasts in the last years. She feels the emotions from the first second to the last one of her exercise.
“I think that sometimes I made silly mistakes because of my feelings, for example, throwing the apparatus as high as possible”
Alina became an Olympian in 2008 performing with the group. After Olympics, Anna Bessonova retired and Alina got a difficult challenge: being the leader of Ukrainian National team. At London Olympic Games, Maksymenko ranked 6th. Kiev World Championships in 2013 was the most important competition for Alina before she retired, where she won bronze medal with her “Fever” composition with clubs.
Right now Alina is helping Irina Deriugina as a coach.
– “At the beginning of the yearI had to face a very difficult task as a coach: Junior gymnasts (Valeriya Khanina or Margarita Vasylieva) needed to get into the top eight to participate in Youth Olympic Games. This was my debut as a coach. For me this was a new experience not even easier than compete”
“My debut as a coach was not easier than competing”
– “The most difficult is that, when you are on the carpet and make a mistake, you can correct the performance, you’re in control of the situation. Now, as a coach, I can only squeeze my hand with the hope that the gymnast will find a way out to continue the exercise. Unfortunately, at this moment I can not help standing behind the carpet”
– “When you’re a gymnast, everytime you go onto the carpet you get confidence. As a coach, the feeling standing outside the carpet is very different”