Aleksandra Soldatova announces her retirement

Aleksandra Soldatova in 2017

Four-time world champion in rhythmic gymnastics, Alexandra Soldatova announces retirement. She still wants to be linked to gymnastics, but not in a competitive way, because as she said, Rhythmic gymnastics is my life, my love, my passion. will never go anywhere from my life. She confirmed this information on December 24th.

The last time she gave an interview, to Russia Today she talked about her long-lasting battle with an eating disorder. She recognised that she needed help against anxiety, that was caused by a rigorous weight control. This issue has seriously damaged her mental and physical health.

“I officially announce the end of my sports career. It was a wonderful journey of 16 years. Now I remember only good things, because the other simply cannot be. I have nothing to regret and nothing to be sad about – I have achieved what I could not even dream of in childhood. “

Soldatova was one of the gymnasts most beloved by the audience. She has lots of fanclubs all around the world. “Thanks to my fans all over the world. You have always been my support and motivation. I performed for you! I ask you not to be sad, but to be happy for me and wish me luck in my new life stage!”.

She really appreciates her relationship with her former coach, Anna Dyachenko (Shumilova). The path was not easy. Soldatova injured her leg two years ago and missed the European Championships. The doctors confirmed that she had a fracture.

Anna Dyachenko and Aleksandra Soldatova

 “Special thanks to my personal coach, Anna Dyachenko”

Soldatova is a very taleted gymnasts and she realized about this since she started doing rhythmic gymnastics. Her inner flexibility and her charisma made her unique.

When I started doing gymnastics I didn’t know Kabaeva, Kanaeva… I just liked gymnastics and that’s why I focused on it. I even wasn’t interested in Olympic Games or World Championships.

Aleksandra Soldatova

Results and Irina Viner’s impressions of 3rd International Online Tournament 2020

Arina Averina (RUS)

The third international tournament ended with the triumph of Russian Team. It was a great option to all teams that do not want to risk the health of their children and their coaches, but still want to compete. Each new edition there are more and more participating countries, both in number and in composition. One of the strongest gymnast from Bulgaria, Katrin Taseva, took part in this tournament and took third place in the all-around competition. Ekaterina Selezneva is increasing her physical shape since she was ill and still recovering. Daria Trubnikova and Diana Simoshina are in the same situation, that’s why they didn’t compete in the 3rd International Online Tournament. On the other hand, Sofia Agafonova, was diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Daria Trubnikova (RUS)

Sofia could, of course, perform on painkillers, but we did not risk it, because the girl is still a junior.  Therefore, we decided not to risk her health. “

Irina Viner Usmanova said

Anastasiya Guzenkova tested positive in COVID and she spent 14 days in isolation. She was tested three times, hoping the first one was false positive. So it was with Simakova. But every time she had a positive result. Although outwardly she was absolutely healthy. Therefore, I just sat at home in quarantine, now everything is fine. 

Unfortunately, Covid indirectly greatly influenced, of course. We have never had so many injuries.

Explained by Irina Viner Usmanova
Anastasiya Guzenkova

What is your opinion about the Senior Russian Team?

This is an established team, they are a mountain for each other, they understand each other perfectly, they are very motivated, they are very good children. But, unfortunately, their program leaves much to be desired in terms of difficulty. However, they are ready. Some have been ill with covid, some were injured, because they still have an adult program. We made it easier precisely so that they could do it in the composition in which they are now. They performed pretty well. But yesterday, by the way, their coaches wrote to me that they would not be responsible for their performance. Because their training was not compatible, first of all, with injuries. I made a decision that they will still perform, because they have been preparing so much … Otherwise, it would not be right. And it could hit their nerves so that they would take a very long time to recover. We talked and decided that they would perform. 

What is your opinion about the Italian and Bulgarian Team?

Italians, like us and refused to participate in the European Championship. The Bulgarians did not go with the group exercise either. A girl in Bulgaria immediately after Kiev fell ill, the judges fell ill, other children in different countries fell ill. I refused in July, I understood everything.  They gathered everyone and even asked if they could take gymnasts from one team and move them to another team. Everything is possibe!

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

An International Tournament, “Moscow Cup” will be held on December 17th. Some gymnasts will perform once again except for Arina and Dina. And the group will also perform. In February, if everything goes well, the Grand Prix of Moscow will be online.

Full Results of 3rd International Online Tournament

Results of the Poll: “TOP FIVE HOOP EXERCISES OF THE DECADE”

The fifth exercise with hoop is:

Silviya Miteva 2011 BUL 10 votes 4.83%

Anna Rizatdinova’s hoop is the 4th most voted

Anna Rizatdinova 2013 UKR 11 votes 5.31%

The third exercise, with 12 votes:

Yana Kudryavtseva 2016 RUS, 12 votes 5.80%

The second exercise with the most of the votes:

Margarita Mamun 2015 RUS, 15 votes 7.25%

And the most voted is…:

Boryana Kaleyn 2019 BUL with 102 votes (49.28)

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships 2020 Day 4 Photos II

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Yeva Meleschuk (UKR)
Yeva Meleschuk (UKR)

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS KIEV 2020 DAY 4 PHOTOS

Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Medals Ceremony
Maria Petrova (UEG)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships Day 3 Photos

Yelizaveta Zorkina (BLR)
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Yelizaveta Zorkina (BLR)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Daria Atamanov (ISR)
Lily Ramonatxo (FRA)
Lily Ramonatxo (FRA)
Lily Ramonatxo (FRA)
Lily Ramonatxo (FRA)

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS KIEV 2020 DAY 3 RESULTS

Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)

Turkey and Estonia made history yesterday at the European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics, as both earned their first ever medals. Turkey and Ukraine both scored 31.150, with the same difficulty and execution score. In this case, the technical deductions determine the final ranking, giving the gold to Turkey and positioning Ukraine second.

On the other hand, a big surprise on Bulgaria’s junior gymnast, Stiliana Nikolova, who got gold with ribbon. Melaniia Tur from Ukraine, who got the highest score the day before on qualifications, missed the opportunity to win a medal due to few drops during her clubs routine. Daria Atamanov from Israel won the gold medal in clubs. Dina Agisheva (BLR) clinched the first gold of the day, for her rope routine, then Polina Karika (UKR) topped the standing with ball.

Karina Sydorak (UKR)

Seniors

5 balls

1.            Ukraine 35.350

2.            Israel 34.450

3.            Estonia 32.800

3 hoops and 2 pairs of clubs

1.            Turkey 31.150

2.            Ukraine 31.150

3.            Azerbaijan 30.650

Juniors

Rope Podium

1.            Dina Agisheva (BLR) 21.550

2.            Daria Atamanov (ISR) 21.500

3.            Eva Brezalieva (BUL) 20.850

Daria Atamanov (ISR)

Ball Podium

1.            Polina Karika (UKR) 22.800

2.            Stliana Nikolova (BUL) 22.700

3.            Yelyzaveta Zorkina (BLR) 22.550

Clubs Podium

1.            Daria Atamanov (ISR) 24.350

2.            Yelyzaveta Zorkina (BLR) 23.350

3.            Evelin Viktoria Kocsis (HUN) 22.900

Ribbon Podium

1.            Stliana Nikolova (BUL) 21.550

2.            Karina Sydorak (UKR) 21.200

3.            Daria Atamanov (ISR) 21.150

Source for results: https://www.europeangymnastics.com/event/2020-european-championships-rhythmic-gymnastics/results

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships 2020 Day 2 Photos

Podium Senior Groups All Around: (1) ISR, (2) AZE, (3) UKR
Podium Team Competition: (1) UKR, (2) ISR, (3) AZE
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Azerbaijan
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Polina KariKa (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Palina Slancheuskaya (BLR)
Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Israel
Karina Sydorak
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Irina Deriugina (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships 2020: Training Photos

Polina Karika (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Israel
Alona Hillel (ISR)
Alona Hillel (ISR)
Israel
Karina Sydorak (UKR)
Alona Hillel (ISR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Daria Atamanov (ISR)
Alona Hillel (ISR)
Alona Hillel (ISR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Melaniia Tur (UKR)
Polina Karika (UKR)
Israel
Alona Hillel (ISR)
Irina Deriugina (UKR)
Alona Hillel (ISR)

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS KIEV 2020 DAY 2 Results

On day two, there was a tight battle between groups, were Ukraine overtook bronze, finishing before Estonia. Ukraine won team competition just 0.250 points ahead Israel. Ukrainian junior star, Melaniia Tur, got the highest score of the junior qualification round.

Polina Karika (UKR)

Results:

Senior groups All-around

1.            Israel 67.575

2.            Azerbaijan 66.300

3.            Ukraine 63.700

Israel
Ukraine

Team

1.            Ukraine 237.150

2.            Israel 236.900

3.            Azerbaijan 226.175

Azerbaijan
Melaniia Tur (UKR)

Gymnasts Qualified for Clubs Final

1.            Melaniia Tur (UKR) 23.800

2.            Yelyzaveta Zorkina (BLR) 23.550

3.            Evelin Viktoria Kocsis (HUN) 23.150

4.            Daria Atamanov (ISR) 22.700

5.            Annaliese Dragan (ROU) 22.100

6.            Alina Gozalova (AZE) 22.000

7.            Lily Ramonatxo (FRA) 21.950

8.            Eva Brezalieva (BUL) 21.050

Alona Hillel (ISR)

Gymnasts Qualified for Ribbon Final (Juniors)

1.            Daria Atamanov (ISR) 21.500

2.            Dina Agisheva (BLR) 21.250

3.            Stliana Nikolova (BUL) 21.200

4.            Narmin Bayramova (AZE) 20.675

5.            Karina Sydorak (UKR) 20.350

6.            Annaliese Dragan (ROU) 19.400

7.            Elsa Somville (FRA) 18.250

8.            Anette Vaher (EST) 17.850

Israel

Seniors

3 hoops and 2 pairs of clubs

1.            Israel 33.475

2.            Azerbaijan 31.700

3.            Ukraine 31.700

4.            Estonia 31.000

5.            France 29.625

6.            Turkey 28.300

Karina Sydorak (UKR)