Olympic Champions, Bulgarian Senior Group, announced their retirement last month in a special event that was celebrated in Sofia. The “Golden Girls” are Simona Dyankova, Madlen Radukanova, Stefani Kiryakova, Laura Traets and Erika Zafirova.
Their last competition before their retirement was suposed to be World Championships in Japan, but just a few days before, a member of the group, Laura Traets recalled a cervical pain that forced her to stop training at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu. So that this condition made Laura stopped on 25 October and ended her sporting career a few days earlier than expected. The origin of her pain was in her back. She was not able to move her right arm.
After becoming Olympic Champions, all fans were expecting to see them again at World Championships in October. It was their last chance to also win World Championships. The group had no choice but to withdraw from the competition. “Laura’s health is more important than medals’. We are Olympic champions! We have been a real team since the beginning.” – said the group.
Elena Bineva, who was part of the group until the end of 2018, was also in the Gala-Show in honour of the Group.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympians, Dina and Arina Averina are ready to start the new season.
It is confirmed that the twins are training looking forward the new season. They are ready to compete under the new code of points, which it is suitable for them. This statement depends on their health, since it is already known that Dina suffers from back problems:
“In 2020 I had a serious spine injury. I talked to my doctors and they said to continue for a few months. Anyway the solution was about surgery and I flatly said no. I didn’t want to miss the Olympic Games. This injury is very painful, even when I walk. When I start to warm up I feel pins and needles”. – Dina said
After Olympic Games in Tokyo, they said they would have retired 100% if they had won Olympic Medals.
“Our country is waiting for our revenge. They claim us to continue training and fight for medals in Paris 2024. Russia needs to know their heroes because we are defending the honour of the Nation.”
The FIG recently confirmed the list of candidatures for the athletes’ representative. The elections, will be held during World Championships in Japan for the next week.
The athletes’ representatives are elected by their fellow gymnasts. The voting system is stated in the FIG Statues, which is the same one as for the election of the President. The name of the elected gymnast will be announced at the athletes’s meeting during World Championships. They will be the representatives from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025.
The gymnasts looking forward this election are:
Valeriya Yuzvyak (UKR)
Nicole Ruprecht (AUT)
Siyana Vasilieva (AZE)
Salome Pazhava (GEO)
Neviana Vladinova (BUL)
Jessica Maier (BRA)
Neviana Vladinova is a former Bulgarian Champion, qualified 7th in Olympic Games Rio 2016 and bronze medallist at World Championships. Neviana retired from competition in November 2020 due to a neck injury. She is now a vice president of the Bulgarian gymnastics Federation. She appeared in international junior competitions in 2006 and began competing as a senior in 2011 season.
“Your problems will be my problems aswell. I will be your voice”
Salome Pazhava made history in Georgia, becoming the second most successful gymnast in her country. She finished 4th in World Championships 2015 in Stuttgart. She qualified for Olympic Games in Tokyo. She already finished this year her sports career. Salome is currently the Vice-President of the Georgian National Gymnastic Federation in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
I will protect your rights. I will do my best to create equality.
Nicol Ruprecht is Austria’s most successful gymnast. She has competed in numerous World Cup and Grand Prix series. This year, after European Championships in Varna, where she became 29th . She announced her retirement in June 2021.
It is very important for me to be for all of you and speak for all of you
Jessica Maier is a Brazilian former group gymnasts. She represented her nation at international competitions and was one of the top successful gymnasts at Pan American Games 2015, 2018 and South American Games in 2011 and 2018.
If I could define in one word why you should elect me, the word would be “connection”
Jessica Maier (BRA)
Siyana Vasileva is a former gymnast from Bulgaria that competed for Azerbaijan. Currently she is the coach of the National Senior Group of Azerbaijan. She was medallist at multiple World Cup Series. She was the captain of AZE group since 2011. She is in the 4th year of her Bachellor’s degree of Psychology
I know how to help gymnasts to achieve their goals
Valeriya Yuzvyak is a former group gymnast from Ukraine, who was recently diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer. This type of sarcoma made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal (voluntary) muscles. She received a succesfull treatment in Germany and now she wants to become an Athelets’ representative. She is European and World Medallist.
With me, the voice of the gymnasts could be heard loud and clear
Euskalgym Gala is a unique event that is held in Bilbao (Spain) every year. The best gymnasts in the whole world are performing their exercises and galas, giving a tribute for the delight of their fans. It is a massive event for the audience to enjoy discovering the spectacularity of rhythmic gymnastics . It is a tribute to gymnastics, designed for the delight of fans of this sport, raised to the category of art.The event will take part in November 20th at BEC (Bizkaia arena), one of the biggest halls in Spain that has 11.500 seats, expandable in 3.500 in an optimal enviroment. Its access is very easy, just from outside or from the parking (indoor parking for 4000 vehicles) and its only a few meters away from the Ansio subway station. Ansio Station on Line 2 of the Underground, with an exit to the trade fair site (BEC North Entrance) links our site to Bilbao.
Because of the worldwide health crisis, the event was cancelled by the organization and they are looking forward the next autumn in 2021. Over the years, World, European and Olympic Champions performed in this Gala, such as Anna Bessonova, Silviya Miteva, Evgeniya Kanaeva, Aleksandra Soldatova, Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtseva.
Several gymnasts will finish 2021 season at this event, afters the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Japan. There is already such a huge list of Rhythmic Gymnastics stars that are already confirmed for Euskalgym 2021 Gala. This event started 16 years ago in Basque Country, Spain, as a small event for local gymnasts. In 2018, more than 8300 spectactors crowded BEC Arena. In 2019, more than 6000 tickets were sold out in less than four hours. Curretly, most of the top tickets are sold out, but there is still a chance to buy the last available tickets.
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.
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:
Málaga Airport (AGP)
“Palacio de Deportes Elena Benítez” Calle Castilla, s/n 29670 Marbella Phone: +34 952 78 06 63
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.
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.
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: