International Junior Tournament Kazan 2018 Results

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Daria Trunikova (RUS)

Kazan is the stage elected before World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, in September. Most of top Russian rhythmic gymnasts are competing in Kazan which makes the competition even more interesting such as Irina Annenkova, Dina and Arina Averina and Mariya Sergeeva.

Junior rising star, Daria Trubnikova, won All-Around competition ahead Yana Striga, who is one of the top juniors of the season. Trubnikova’s coach is former gymnast, Amina Zaripova, who was also coaching current the Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun. Unfortunatly, Polina Shmatko and Anastasiya Sergeeva could not compete here due to health reasons. Anastasiya published on social media that she was suffering from appendicitis.

 

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Over the Limit: Margarita Mamun’s documentary

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Margarita Mamun (RUS)

“Over the Limit” is about the story of Margarita Mamun, the Olympic Champion in 2016. This documentary paints an intimate portrait of a gymnast who can only reach success in her career if she gives up everything else. Its director is Marta Prus, a young film director from Poland. She was a gymnast and a ballerina. She also studied contemporary dance. Gymnastics became a part of her and that’s why she chose this sport as the main theme of the film.

“I wanted to make a film about Russian gymnasts because they’ve been unrivalled for years”

She was inspired both in rhythmic gymnastics and Russia.

“I grew up with a sense of Russia being a great country with limited freedoms. In Over the Limit, I wanted to talk about what freedom there is like today”.

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Irina Viner- Usmanova

Irina Viner-Usmanova is the head coach of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Russia. Currently, she is married to a billionare man in Russia. Marta Prus, met Irina Viner during Moscow Grand Prix in 2013. Viner wasn’t interested in talking to the director, not to mention being filmed. A week later, Marta travelled to the Novogorsk training centre for Olympic athletes in a suburb of Moscow. Prus lied to the soldier in the badge and told him she had a meeting with Viner.

She tried to convince Irina at Novogorsk but she was adamant. Irina Viner yelled at the woman that let “the stranger” walk in the hall. In that moment, Marta knew then that she would make this movie. After some competitions following Irina, she let this project start.

“Gymnasts in Russia are stars, wearing Gucci and riding in expensive cars. They’re worshipped in Russia, living a celebrity life of luxury and fame.”

A few scenes into the film, were interrupted after Irina Usmanova first watched it. She was upset because she was filmed telling a gymnast she was a piece of shit. But it was already too late. It was censored in Russia with “beep sounds” but in Amsterdam, it was screened without any censorship.

This short film named Marta Prus one of the ‘10 Europeans to watch in 2018’.

 

Source: Culture Poland. Translated from Polish by WK.

 

 

Anna Rizatdinova’s life after retirement

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Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

It’s been a while since Anna Rizatdinova announced retirement in 2017, a year after her most beloved year in her career as a gymnast. She won medals at European Championships, World Championships and she is the current bronze Olympic medalist.

In early 2017 she stops professional sports career, she flashed everyone in Pesaro World Championships showing off she was clearly pregnant. She gave birth to her son, Roman in Barcelona, Spain.

A few months after becoming mother, she is already fit and nearly eith the same weight she had during Olympic Games (just two kilos of difference.

“I worked out during the whole pregnancy, but the last month was tough. Now I feel fit again”

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Rizatdinova’s work out routines “Dream Body Work by Anna”

Anna’s aim is to open a School of Rhythmic Gymnastics under her name. By now, she’s showing up all her rhythmic gymnastics skills on her Masterclass World tour, were she already visited Spain, Poland, France and Ukraine.

Life as a gymnast

Rizatdinova explained that life as a professional sportswoman is not as easy as it looks. “My life was only focused in rhythmic gymnastics. My body and mind was all about sports. It is very difficult to be always ready to compete. I remember I had really difficult times.” In 2014, Ukraine was involved in a political conflict so that Deriugina School was forced to change its location.

“Nowadays I feel plenty happy. My life totally changed after I became a mom. I really focused on my baby, every single decision is made thinking about Roman.”

Anna Rizatdinova’s next Masterclass stage is in Puebla, Mexico this July.

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Anna Rizatdinova (UKR) and Viktoriya Mazur (UKR)

Dina and Arina Averina will represent Russia in European Championships Guadalajara 2018

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Arina Averina (RUS)

According to Russian Sports Press, Dina and Arina Averina entered the preliminary team of Russia at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, which will be held the first weekend of June in Spain.
The deadline for applications from the National Federations expired on May 4th. World Cup Guadalajara is the framework to place face to face Arina Averina and Aleksandra Soldatova, since it was clear that Dina Averina deserves to go to European Championships.

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Dina Averina (RUS)

Russian press confirms that finaly is Arina who will take the position with her sister Dina.

Last European Championships were held in Budapest and became the first major start for the 19-year-old Averina sisters at a high level. Dina won gold in team competition and in exercises with hoop and ribbon and silver in the exercise with clubs. Arina Averina also got gold medals: team competition and clubs and ball.

In the other hand, Aleksandra Soldatova got second place this weekend in Guadalajara WC just behind Linoy Ashram (ISR) and ahead Arina Averina (RUS)

Rhythmic Gymnastics Camp with Belarusian Stars

 

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Minsk (Belarus) will held an International Rhythmic Gymnastics Camp for the first time. It is a great chance for training with Olympians, World and European Champions from Belarus. Former gymnast, Aleksandra Narkevich (World and European Medalist, Silver Olympic Medalist in London 2012) is the main organizer of this event.

Gymnasts could register in two different stages: from 5th to 9th of June or from 13th to 17th of June.

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Gymnasts could have the opportunity to meet and learn from Rhythmic Gymnastics stars from Belarus (Olympians), Aleksandra Narkevich and Kseniia Sankovich and Yuliya Bichun.

Participants can take part from 2011 of birth. You can send your questions by e-mail: rg.minskcamp@mail.ru

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Phone Contact: 80296802510 – 80297777346 

 

World Cup Sofia All-Around Results

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Russian individual team is again on top with the brilliant success of Aleksandra Soldatova, who won gold and Ekaterina Selezneva (silver).    Aleksandra skipped Grand Prix Thiais due to technical decisions, last week in France. She changed her hoop routine by third time this season choosing a Spanish music maybe looking forward European Championships. She also got the best score of this competition, by the moment.

Neviana Vladinova from Bulgaria is still recovering from an injury which prevents her to compete. Katrin Taseva and Boryana Kaleyn are representing the host country in this competition. They qualified for finals but could not get any medals in All-Around competition.

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Katrin Taseva (BUL)

Bulgarian senior group definitly got the best scores in both exercises and qualified first with a total of 41.250, almost 3 points ahead Japan and Italy.

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