Grand Prix Marbella 2021 Photos: Finals

Teresa Gorospe (ESP)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Teresa Gorospe (ESP)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Arina Krasnorutskaya (BLR)
Helene Karbanov (FRA)
Belarus
U.S.A.
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)

Grand Prix Marbella 2021: All Around Photos

Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Spanish senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Arina Krasnorutskaya (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Bulgaria
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)

Grand Prix Marbella 2021: Training Photos

Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Noa Ros (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Lucia Gonzalez (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Maelle Millon (FRA)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Evgenia Kanaeva (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group

Information about Grand Prix Marbella 2021

Lala Kramarenko (RUS)

Andalusian Gymnastics Federation confirms that San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella) will host the Spanish stage of Grand Prix series, since the last edition could not be possible due to covid 19 health crisis. The tournament consists on 4 in a row competitions: senior tournament, junior tournament, groups tournament and Senior Grand Prix.

Schedule:

October 15th
14:0000 to 21:00. Official Trainings
October 16th
10:00 to 12:00 Senior Tournament ”Marbella Cup”
15:30 to 17:3040h. Grand Prix Group 1
17:50 to 20:00h. Grand Prix Group 2
20:00 to 20:30h. International Senior Groups Tournament
October 17th
09:30 a 13:30h. Junior Tournament: ”Andalucía Cup”
16:00 to 17:30h. Grand Prix Finals
17:30 to 18:00h. Senior Group Tournament Final
18:15 to 18:30h. Gala

Grand Prix Participants:

Groups Tournament:

  • SPAIN
  • USA
  • BULGARIA
  • BELARUS
Current Olympic Champions, Bulgaria

Junior Tournament

Senior Tournament

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

Closest airport

Málaga Airport (AGP)

Location

“Palacio de Deportes Elena Benítez”
Calle Castilla, s/n
29670 Marbella
Phone: +34 952 78 06 63

Anastasia Salos

Tickets:

https://www.ticketmaster.es/event/grand-prix-internacional-ciudad-de-marbella-entrades/28161?language=ca-es

Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

Grand Prix Marbella 2021 already confirms participants

Marbella is one of the stages for Grand Prix Series that include other cities as Kiev, Holon, Tartu, Brno, Thiais and Moscow. Last year this Grand Prix was cancelled due to COVID-19 health problem.

This week Andalusian Gymnastics Federation already confirmed that Grand Prix Marbella 2021 will take part in San Pedro de Alcantara on the 17th and 18th of October.

Viktoriia Onoprienko (UKR) Grand Prix Marbella 2019

This could be one of the biggest competitions of 2021 in Spain. The tournament consists in 2-competitions-in-one: Grand Prix Senior and International Junior competition, which is called “Andalucia Cup”

Russian delegation already confirmed their participants: Lala Kramarenko, Anastasia Simakova and Ekaterina Selezneva The next confirmation will be from Belarus, who already won the 3rd position in Olympic Games with Alina Harnasko. Anastasia Salos and Arena Krasnorutskaya is the gymnast that will represent BLR in this tournament.

Lala Kramarenko (RUS), winner of Andalucia Cup 2019
Dina Averina (RUS) Grand Prix Marbella 2019
Anastasiia Salos Grand Prix Marbella 2019

Tickets will be available soon. All official statements will be provided by Andalucian Gymnastics Federation. Marbella celebrates its 6th International Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix.

Some Rhythmic Gymnastics Stars in Marbella Grand Prix last editions:

Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Anastasiia Guzenkova (RUS)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Arina Averina (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Vlada Nikolchenko
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

FIG confirms that the scores at Olympic Games in Tokyo were fair

Dina Averina (RUS)



Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Star, European and World Champion finished second in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, behind Linoy Ashram. This was the first time in 20 years that Russia didn’t win gold in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Olympic Games, both in individuals and groups.

This results were noticed as a “scandal and corruption” by the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. On the other hand, International Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation carried out an evaluation of the scoring system in the past Olympic Games. This consisted on a post-review evaluation components in all the phases of Tokyo 2020. The conclusion was the confirmation that no bias or irregularities were identified in the judging panels.

Linoy Ashram (ISR)


Therefore, FIG published a statement about that the rankings and results of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competitions in Rhythmic Gymnastics for both Individuals and Groups were fair and impartial.  

Many judges received hateful messages through their social media, that were described as “utterly unacceptable” by International Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation.

Alina Harnasko (BLR), 3rd in Tokyo 2020

Katsiaryna Halkina: her sports career in pictures

Just a few weeks before Tokyo Olympic Games announced her retirement.

I started doing rhythmic gymnastics when I was only four years old. I was a gymnast for twenty years. And now, the day has come: I am free. I don’t have to go to the gym for trainings.

Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR), Euskalgym Gala. She is very grateful for all the support that all her fans fave to her during sports career.
Black and white caption, Marbella Grand Prix
She wants to work on theatre, cinema and concerts
One of her top routines, “Geisha”
She won bronze medal at European Championships in 2018
In September 2021, Katya announced she will start planning the calendar of Masterclasses
During Euskalgym Gala 2019
Her routines were full of artistry
Katya’s signature turn
Portrait of Katsiaryna Halkina
End of her Hoop 2017 routine, executing under the music of the composer Mariya Tchaikovskaya,

Katsiaryna is performing this routine with a love song by the Belarusian composer, M.Tchaikovskaya. The song is about a girl that asks her lover to take her away and all of her memories.

Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) at first day of qualification; 35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2017
One of her last competitions, Miss Valentine 2020
Katsiaryna Halkina, second day of qualification; 35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2017
European Championships Budapest 2017
Grand Prix Thiais 2018
Her Gala in 2019, choreographed by Yuliia Markovskaya
“I want to say thank you to my fans, because you always have warm words for me, I am very glad and grateful for have you all. All I want to show you is my way to do Rhythmic Gymnastics, my emotions”

Alina Kabaeva talks about the results of Tokyo 2020

Alina Kabaeva, World Championships Stuttgart 2015


Olympic Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics (Athens 2004), Alina Kabaeva, gives her view about the podium of Tokyo 2020. Although she has been outside the scope of the press for years, now she reveals her oppinion of the judging system in this competition.

She described the scoring as outrageous since Dina Averina (ROC) didn’t have major errors during her four exercises.

Dina Averina was great. She performed four wonderful exercises without drops. This was not the case of the gymnast from Israel, who had a big mistake with her ribbon routine. This mistake should have cost her 1 point, whilst judges deduced her only 0.7. You can’t win Olympic Games with such a big mistake.

Alina Kabaeva

Alina also blames the judges for making Dina wait for her last score. They took six minutes to give the final score. Concerning Kabaeva’s opinion, in Rhythmic Gymnastics the score should be given in less than two minutes if you execute a clear routine.

Judges calculated the score for Dina. They didn’t want Dina Averina to win. I only have to say that there is honest people and others, that they are not.

The whole situation spawned a big scandal in Russia. Two days ago, the International Gymnastics Federation (F.I.G) issued a press release about the fair scoring system.

Alina Kabaeva, Granada European Championships 2002

Source: Exclusive Interview to Alina Kabaeva by “Russia 1”

Natalia Garcia opens up about her gymnastics career

Natalia Garcia (ESP)

Natalia Garcia Timofeeva is a Spanish rhythmic gymnast who was born in Barcelona but her roots are Russian. Natalia Garcia and Polina Berezina were the gymnasts selected by Spanish National Federation to represent Spain in the World Cup Series. They mission was get a spot for Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was not possible.

Both Polina and Natalia declared that they were in the last months training non-stop. This season was really hard.

“I think I would not repeat this in my whole life. It was really hard for me. I don’t wish this to anyone. You can’t image how difficult this path to Olympics was. I tried to be on my best physical condition for European Championships. The day after the EC, I couldn’t even move, I was in too much pain. In my case, I needed to show that I was on top, many gymnasts were fighting to represent Spain in the international competitions.”

Natalia suffered from a few injuries during her gymnastics career. For the last years, she needed to adapt her trainings and warm-ups and decrease the level of her daily trainings. She underwent twice surgery (double hip) in 2017. After this, she got injured again.

I felt really alone. In the past, I had a team working for me and now, I don’t. My whole team suddenly changed. That’s why I use social media to promote and publish brands, because of money. I lived alone in Barcelona, my family lives in French Guyana, really far from me. My parents could not help me so I have learned to get by rathen than how to work, simply making a living.

I describe myself as a fighter.

“It is really easy to give opinions of an athlete, but the only ones that know the truth are family, coaches and team. People on social media was quite mean to me. Instagram is not my real life, it is just a tool to publish the best of yourself and what you really want to show of your privacy. I just use this app to get money”

Natalia spent last year some months in Russia for improve their exercises. My mother and grandmother were successful sportswomen in Russia and helped me to train with great coaches from this country. We were working from them since 2018. They are Ekaterina Pankova and Ekaterina Dementyeva.

Ekaterina Pankova was focused on her daily work and Dementyeva on her artistic exercises and choreographies. Monica Viñals, who was also her first coach, is now working with Natalia.

Natalia also designs her own leotards.

I am inspired of high couture designs or even dresses that I see on the red carpet. Then, I speak with the people that is going to sew it and my coaches, who advise me.”

Natalia Garcia wants to retire this year and wants to finish her gymnastics career in Spain.

“I feel really tired and I think my body needs to stop doing rhythmic gymnastics. Anyway I plan to do masterclasses and I have many projects related to rhythmic gymnastics.”

Source: Podcast on Spotify “La Zancada”

Linoy Ashram becomes Olympic Champion in Tokyo 2021

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

Israel’s top rhythmic gymnast made history for her country becoming the first Olympic Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She is also the first sportswoman that has won a medal in Olympic Games for Israel.

Linoy Ashram told to the press in Tokyo that she worked a lot with her coach for becoming a champion. She couldn’t be happier for this gold medal.

“I was just focused on a good execution of my routines. I tried to do my best. I was not thinking about the scores, positions or even medals. I wanted to show all of my work”.


Linoy had a mistake during her last routine (ribbon). This drop gave a chance to other gymnast, like Dina Averina, to win the Olympic gold medal. This fact, built a big controversy around the scores and the judgement during the Olympic final. Russian press also have labeled the judgement as unfair.

“I had a mistake with ribbon. I think it was because I knew this was my last routine and I was nervous. After this routine, I started crying with my coach. We were really happy, since we knew I would have a medal. My coach was really proud of me. This moment was so emotional”

Ashram didn’t confirm to the press if she will continue her sports career. She will take a break for holidays and then, think about the future.