Interview to Viktoriia Onopriienko

 

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Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

Viktoriia Onopriienko is the current Ukrainian Champion and vice-champion of the European Championship. Last week, she answered many questions and also thanked everyone in a Livestream conversation on Instagram with her fans.

How did you get into the national team?

I joined the National Team after National Championships of Ukraine, in Sumy in 2016. We did a group exercise and 4 individual exercises. After this, they called my coach and said that Irina Ivanovna Deryugina wanted to see me. The next day we arrived at the October Palace. Anna Rizatdinova, Victoria Mazur (the leaders of the current past National Team) were there. My heart just jumped out of my chest. Irina Ivanovna asked me to warm up and show off my exercises. She wanted me to be in the National Team.

Which is your favorite exercise from 2017 to 2020?

I really liked the exercise with the ball “Fever”. This year I like all my exercises, but I would highlight last year’s exercises with a ribbon and clubs.

– How long does your training last?

The first training session starts at 9-10 am and we work out for an hour or two. Then we have a break. The second workout depends on how we are released, usually until 7-8 pm. In general, we train 8-10 hours a day. Sometimes we also have one training session on Saturday.

How hard was for you to get back in shape after quarantine?

It was quite hard, especially to prepare yourself for the Ukrainian Championship. During the quarantine we also had to work out.

Which are your favorite gymnastics element?

I have no favorite elements, but my top elements, as they say, are ring balance and back balance.

Do you prefer unitards or leotards?

I have both, even leotards with or without a skirt.

Have you ever thinked about stop doing gymnastics?

Yes, in the past when the workload increased in training, and I began to take part in competitions more often. At the same time I also went to school and I was very tired. My parents help me a lot, they know how to motivate and support me.

Who is the strictest coach in the national team?

All our coaches are strict in their own way.  We have good behaviour to all the coaches and we have mutual understanding.

What do you do in your free time?

My favorite hobby is cooking.

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If you could remove or add some rules in rhythmic gymnastics, what would it be?

I would like to add more elegant movements. According to the rules, there is a lot of work with the apparatus and, I would like to relieve this a little bit, so that the emphasis of the exercise focuses in the artistry.

Which are your plans for the future?

So far, the future for me is the Olympic Games. I really want to represent the Ukrainian National Team at the Olympics and raise up the flag of our country.

Do you speak Ukrainian? Which language do you use more: Russian or Ukrainian?

My whole family speaks Ukrainian. At home with my parents I speak Ukrainian, but in trainings I prefer to speak in Russian.

In which country did you like to perform the most?

Spain. Spanish fans adore this sport,  especially gymnasts from Ukraine. They really like our school, our performances and exercises.

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Viktoriia Onopriienko at Grand Prix Marbella

Code of Points: Dance Steps

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Natalia Garcia (ESP)

The dance steps are continuous, connected dance steps, which could be classical, ballroom, folkloric or modern steps. A minimum of one Dance Step Combination (named S) must be presented in an exercise. All steps must be clear and visible for the full 10 seconds duration, starting with the first dance movement.
The last steps in combination cannot be simple walking and look like preparation for the next Difficulty element. These steps must be performed according to the music (character, tempo, rhythm and accent).

The value of each Dance Step Series (S) is 0.40

A minimum of one Fundamental Apparatus Technical element must be performed during these dance steps. Also small throws if they support the idea or increase the amplitude and variety of movement. They can be medium or large throws.

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Dance steps in Groups (UKR)

How to create these combinations?

They are logically and smoothly connected without unnecessary stops or prolonged preparatory movements, with variety of speed, directions and levels. They are not simple movements across the floor. They are created with different rhythmical patterns with the apparatus in motion during the entire combination (different planes /axis,
directions and levels).

When are not valid?

  • If they are performed less than 10 seconds.
  • When there is no relation between the tempo, rhythm, character and accents of the music and the body/apparatus movements.
  • Without a minimum 2 different varieties of movement (if 2 out of the 4 listed below do not change during
  • When there is missing minimum one fundamental apparatus technical element during (S)
  • When DB values more than 0.10 or Illusions
  • Major alteration of the basic technique of the apparatus handling
  • With pre-acrobatic element(s)
  • Loss of balance during steps with support on one or both hands or on the apparatus.
  • Total loss of balance with fall of the gymnast, performing steps
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Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

When is it not possible to perform?

All these kind of movements must be performed completely on the floor. They could not be performed during (R), pre-acrobatic elements, difficulty of body when the value is more than 0.10 or Illusions.  Difficulty of apparatus during S is not allowed.

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Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Aleksandra Soldatova had opened up about her disease

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Aleksandra Soldatova, Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics World and European champion has been interviewed by Russia Today 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.

She realized that she had a serious problem when her thoughts were only about food. She even starved herself for several days.

“I was always out of energy and didn’t have the power to train. But I was afraid to admit that I had an eating problem,”

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She became lonely and unsociable and she tried not to meet people at cafes or restaurants, since this implied eating. Then she realized that she was over the limit and has to tell her problem to her coaches, who managed to stop her bulimic behaviors.

There were recent reports led Soldatova to open up on her battle with bulimia for at least, two years, that has constantly affected her. She confirmed she told to her coaches that she was suffering from this disease in summer of 2018. Anna Dyachenko, her coach, talked to her for up to three hours.

The alarms lighted up when in September of last year, Soldatova lost consciousness at a World Cup event in Portugal, leading to her being left out of the Russian team for that month’s World Championships. She confirmed that she ate alone and went everywhere alone, ignoring what was going on with her while her health condition was getting worse.

“I still has nightmares in which I gain weight, which remains a fear.”

Soldatova said she is taking a career break and not in a rush with her treatment, acknowledging that “professional sports and bulimia are not compatible, especially when you need to prepare for the Olympic Games.”

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Irina Viner Usmanova about the decision for not signing up at European Championships

 

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Irina Viner-Usmanova

39 countries already have signed up for European Championships 2020 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The surprising fact is that team Russia did not sign up for this event, that is scheduled from 26 to 29 November 2020 in Kiev. A final decision, due to the global health crisis, will be taken on 28 September. European Championships of Kiev is a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess. Russia was already qualified.

The president of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation said that “the conditions presented by the event organizers are unacceptable”. Those are, that the sportswomen and sportsmen have to be in quarantine before the event.

Irina Viner Usmanova also mention that the cancellation probability of the Championships is very high, due to the Health Worldwide situation. Another reason is the diplomatic tense relationship between Russia and Ukraine.

 

“We don’t have direct flights from Russia to Ukraine right now. We also could have the posibility of isolation in the middle of our trip. Due to this situation, I don’t want to endanger our Team, since we are already qualified for Olympic Games”

The UEG will confirm the final decision at the end of September.

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Daria Trubnikova (RUS)

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Lala Kramarenko (RUS)

 

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Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

 


			

Russia does not sign up for the 2020 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships

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Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

39 countries sign up for European Championships 2020 in Kiev, Ukraine. This means that close to 30 gymnast will compete in this event:

  • 44 Senior Individual Gymnasts
  • 17 Senior Groups
  • 138 Junior Individual Gymnasts

The surprising fact is that team Russia did not sign up for this event, that is scheduled from 26 to 29 November 2020 in Kiev. A final decision, due to the global health crisis, will be taken on 28 September.

European Championships of Kiev is a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess.
Those Federations who did not qualify yet could register one gymnast in the senior individual all-around. These gymnasts will compete in separate rounds from the top 24 that qualified to the all-around final at last year’s Europeans in Baku (AZE).

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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

 

Interview to Daria Trubnikova

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Daria Trubnikova (RUS)

“During quarantine, we connected to each other using Skype, Zoom…We trained in our rooms. The coaches could also watch us, so that they could correct our trainings”

The Olympic Games are postponed. How did the Russian National Team manage this situation?

Of course these were bad news. We felt really sad for this situation overall. We though that the Olympic Games would be cancelled. For the moment, they just changed the dates. You have to look forward positive situations, so that we think that this is a great opportunity to improve our work.

How is Irina Alexandrovna (Viner) towards you?

Two years ago, when I was still fourteen years old and I competed in Junior competitions, I was really proud of myself because Irina Viner chose me to compete in several competitions. She is a great person. I am looking forward the future and my aim is to compete in World Championships.

How is life in National Training Center?

The first gymnast that I met there was Yuliya Bravikova. We started talking to each other. She was recovering from an injury and she always supported me. I also have a good relationship with Masha Sergeeva. My coach was Amina Zaripova. Right now, this is my third year in Novogorsk.

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Mariya Sergeeva (RUS)

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Yuliya Bravikova (RUS)

Could you talk about Amina Zaripova?

She talked to my mother:

“If you don’t like the way I am as a coach, then we won’t find things in common.”

But I felt really good sensations between us.

 

Were you scared of training with Amina Zaripova after watching the film “Over the Limit”

Over the Limit is an intimate portrait of the world’s most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun, the main representative of the prestigious Russian National Team.

No, I wasn’t scared at all. But honestly, I have to say that after watching “Over the Limit” I thought about stop doing rhythmic gymnastics. I have never talked to Amina about the film.

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Margarita Mamun (RUS)

Which was the most difficult competition for you?
Definitely, The Youth Olympic Games in 2018. This year was really difficult for me. The beggining of the season was not very good. And also, 2019, when I become a Senior Gymnast.
Have you ever think about becoming Olympic Champion?
No. But I dreamed about it.
Are you supersticious?
I have a teddy bear which I kiss before competitions. A Cheburashka, that flies with me to every single competition.
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Daria Trubnikova (RUS)

Rhythmic Gymnastics Photos: The leap

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Natalia Garcia (ESP)

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Anastasiya Guzenkova (RUS)

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Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

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Khrystyna Pohranychna (UKR)

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Anastasiya Salos (BLR)

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Alina Harnasko (BLR)

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Linoy Ashram (ISR) 

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Lala Kramarenko (RUS)

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Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

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Arina Averina (RUS)

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Olena Dyachenko (UKR)

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Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

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Natalia Godunko (UKR)

Code of Points: Generalities in Rotations

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Viktoriia Mazur (UKR)

A rotation is the action of rotating about an axis or centre. In Rhythmic Gymnastics there are 2 types of Rotations:

1. Rotations on the foot: relevé (Pivot) or flat foot
2. Rotations on other parts of the body

In adition, all the rotation difficulties must have the following characteristics:

  •  Minimum basic rotation of 360 degrees with a fixed and well-defined shape
    (some could be 180 degrees). A well-defined shape means that the correct shape taken by the gymnast is held fixed during a minimum basic rotation; slight deviations in the shape.

Rotation will be evaluated according to the number of rotations performed. In case of an interruption, like a hop, only the value of the rotations already performed prior to the interruption will be valid.
They also must be coordinated with a minimum of one Fundamental Apparatus Technical element, specific to each apparatus and/ or an element from the Non-Fundamental Apparatus Technical groups in any part of the Rotation to be valid.

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Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

In the series of identical Pivots (with two or more), each Pivot is performed one after the other without interruption and with heel support. Each Pivot in the series counts as one Difficulty. Each Pivot is evaluated separately (except for the combination of identical “Fouettés,” which counts as one Difficulty).
Different Rotations are Rotations with a different shape regardless of the number of rotations (valid also for “Fouettés” pivots).

The support leg whether stretched or bent does not change the value of the Difficulty, but the shape must be achieved before the end of the minimum basic rotation. In all Rotation Difficulties with ring, or back bend of the trunk, the head must be close to some part
of the leg (closed position, touching required).


Pivots with change of shape

  • Counts as 1 Difficulty
  • Each shape performed on relevé
  • Each shape included in the Pivot must have a minimum basic rotation.
  • Passing from one shape to another must be performed without heel support and as directly as possible
  • With a minimum of 1 Fundamental Technical element specific to each apparatus and/or an element from the Non-Fundamental apparatus groups during any component of Pivot Difficulty
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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

Fouetté

  • Counts as 1 Difficulty
  • Two or more identical or different shapes connected with heel support
  • Various shapes may be performed:
    a) isolated
    b) combined (consecutively or alternating) within the same “Fouetté” but none of those shapes may be repeated in another Fouetté Rotation.
  • During every two “Fouettés,” one different Fundamental technical element or Non-Fundamentalapparatus element is required.


Illusion

  • Counts as one Difficulty
  • For 2 or more identical shapes connected with or without heel support: +0.10 for each additional rotation above the base 360 degrees
  • During every two Illusions, one different Fundamental technical element or Non-Fundamental apparatus element is required.

 

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Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) 

 

Yanika Vartlaan announces her retirement

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Ukrainian gymnast Yanika Vartlaan announced last week the end of her gymnastics career. Yanika was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. Her mother is Ukrainian and her father is from Estonia, that’s why Yanika represented Estonia in her early years as a gymnast. However, Yanika have never trained or lived in Estonia. Right now, Yanika is focused in her career as a stretching instructor and doesn’t want to be a coach.

Her Life in Ukraine

In 2018, she decided to compete for the country she was born in. She was invited to train in Deriugina School (Kiev) with the National Team as individual gymnast.  She was the fourth gymnast behind Vlada Nikolchenko, Olena Diachenko, and Yeva Meleshchuk. Yanika is very flexible and has her own designed leotards, partially made by her mother. She even lent her leotards to top gymnasts such as Dina Averina.

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Dina Averina (RUS)

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Yanika lent this leotard to Dina Averina

Results

Throughout 2018, she participated in three World Cups: Tashkent, Portimão, and Minsk. At World Cup Portimao she could qualified in three of four finals.

At the World Championships in Sofia, she finished fifth in Team Competition. She also qualified for All-Around Final. She finished in 22nd position with two strong exercises with ball and hoop.

At the end of the season, she fell and injured her leg during her ribbon exercise at Italian Serie A.

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New Sports Project in Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics

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Spanish Senior Group in 2019

Olympian Alejandra Quereda has been appointed today as the new National Head Coach in groups. Quereda already leads Spanish individual Team as a Head coach since 2018. The Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation (RFEG) has been working for several months in this sports project, that will be showed up in the upcoming days.

Alejandra Quereda competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games in Brazil where she was member of the Spanish group that won silver medal in group-all around. The new long-term project will start with the first objective of building a competitive team for the World Championship (qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games), which will be held in the city of Valencia in 2023.

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Spanish Senior Group in 2012

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Anna Baranova

Thus, Anna Baranova, who was until now the National Head Coach for the last decade, is no longer part of the RFEG. Anna Baranova was born in Belarus and has a long career as an international coach. Nowadays she is living in Madrid, Spain.

She has held the position of National Head coach in two stages: the first from 2004 to 2008, and the second from 2011 to 2020. She also had the help of Sara Bayón as coach. In this period, the Spanish team has achieved among other achievements proclaiming itself Olympic Silver Champions in Rio 2016, two-time World Champions in 10 clubs (Kiev 2013 and Izmir 2014), the World bronze in the All-Around Competition of Stuttgart 2015 and 4th place at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Spanish Senior Group in 2019