European Gymnasts fighting for a place in Tokyo Olympic Games

Polina Berezina (ESP)

There is still a chance for European Gymnasts to get a spot for Olympic Games in Rio 2021. This place will be appointed by the qualification of the European Championships that are going to take place in Varna this week. Some of the gymnasts that are looking forward Tokyo are: Polina Berezina (ESP), Fanni Pignczki (HUN), Natalia Garcia (ESP), Salome Pazhava (GEO), Kamelya Tuncel (TUR), Andreea Verdes (ROU), Jelizaveta Polstjanaja (LAT), Salome Pazhava (GEO) and Eleni Kelaiditi (GRE).

The International Gymnastics Federation confirmed after the conclusion of World Cup Series the participants for Olympic Games. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (Serbia) and Sabina Tashkenbaeva (Uzbekistan) are qualified via the World Cup Series. Their spot is a nominative quota. 

Best scores (World Cup Series)

In All-Around, Fanni Pignczki from Hungary lead the list of these gymnasts with a total score of 87,100 in World Cup Sofia and with 90,000 points at World Cup Tashkent. Andreea Verdes got a total score of 90,775 at World Cup Baku and Eleni Kelaiditi from Greece, has got the top score among this group with a score of 90,050 at World Cup Pesaro.

  • The best score went for Eleni Kelaiditi from Greece with clubs routine with 25,100 points.
  • The best score in hoop went for Eleni Kelaiditi, who reached this points at World Cup Pesaro.
  • The top score in ball routine was for Fanni Pignczki with 23,750 points at World Cup Tashkent.
  • The best score in ribbon routine was for Andreea Verdes (ROU) with 21,150

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Eleni Kelaiditi (GRE)

Ukraine’s Vlada Nikolchenko is ready to compete at European Champions

One of the top gymnasts from Ukraine in the last years, Vlada Nikolchenko, is back after suffering from health problems. The decision was determined last weekend by Irina Deriugina after the control training of the Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team.

Vlada was recovering from COVID-19 consequences that made the gymnast stop training for a few weeks. It was quite clear that Khrystina Pohranychna and Viktoriia Onopriienko were the ones selected for representing Ukraine at Europeans, but it was a last time minute decision including Vlada in this competition.

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

Team Ukraine for European Championships 2021 in Varna, Bulgaria are:

Junior group: Elizaveta Nabivach, Valeriya Panchenko, Snezhana Oschipko, Alina Pertseva, Karina Sydorak.

Karina Sydorak, who represented Ukraine as an individual junior gymnast at 2020 European Championships is now in the junior group

Individual Senior Gymnasts are:

Khrystina Pohranychna, Viktoriia Onopriienko and Vlada Nikolchenko

Senior Group are:

Yeva Meleshchuk, Anastasiia Voznyak, Daryna Duda, Diana Baeva, Alina Mel’nik and Maryola Bodnarchuk.

Yeva Meleshchuk is now representing Ukraine in the group category

List of Individual Gymnasts qualified for Tokyo Olympic Games

Sabina Tashkenbaeva (UZB)

The International Gymnastics Federation confirmed after the conclusion of World Cup Series the participants for Olympic Games. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (Serbia) and Sabina Tashkenbaeva (Uzbekistan) are qualified via the World Cup Series. Their spot is a nominative quota. Japan, has got also a non-nominative spot.

There is still place for an European, Asian, Oceanian and American gymnasts, which are yet to decide. Africa already confirmed the gymnast qualified via African Championships, Habiba Marzouk from Egypt. The Olympic Committe already released that Marcia Alves Lopes from Cape Verde should go to Olympic Games.

Salome Pazhava (GEO)

The countries that already qualified for the Olympics Games, regarding Individual Senior Gymnasts are:

  • Russia with two spots. They will compete as “Russian Olympic Committee”.
  • Israel with two spots.
  • Bulgaria with two spots.
  • Ukraine with two spots.
  • Italy with two spots.
  • United Stated with two spots.
  • Belarys with two spots.
  • Azerbaijan one spot.
  • Japan with two spots.
  • Ekaterina Vedeeneva from Serbia.
  • Sabina Tashkenbaeva from Uzbekistan.
  • Habiba Marzouk from Egypt.

At the moment, only six places are open:

  • One from Europe
  • One from Oceania
  • One from Asia
  • One from America
  • Reallocated spot from host country.
  • Tripartite invitation place

The spot from the host country at the moment goes from Salome Pazhava (GEO) and, the one from Tripartire invitation rolls to Marcia Alves Lopes from Cape Verde.

Kaho Minagawa (JPN)

Interview to Stiliana Nikolova

Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)

Stiliana Nikolova is a promising rhythmic gymnasts from Bulgaria. She is the current 2020 European Junior champion with ribbon and silver medalist with ball. This year, she is already competing in senior level, looking forward to qualify for Tokyo Olympic Games.

When did you start doing rhythmic gymnastics?.

My mother is a coach, so I grow up in the gym. I was always playing around with apparatus and looking to the other girls as they were stars. My mum is my inspiration and I would like to be like her. She is twice world European Champion.. I started doing gymnastics at four years old.

How do you calm down before competitions?

I get really nervous before competitions, but I need to manage all this stress. I even cry before competitions. I try to open to myself but sometimes it doesn’t work.

My mother was twice European Champion and World Champion

Which is your favorite apparatus?

I like all my routines, but my favorite one is clubs, especially my clubs 2021 exercise.

Do you like the current code of points in rhythmic gymnastics?

Not really, if I could do it, I’ll change all those throwing and catching. I would rather prefer to have more artistic and body difficulty. I feel like we are in the circus right now. I would also add more rhythmic steps.

Is your family living with you?

I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and my family is living over there. I have a lot of friends from Egypt and even if they are not living in Bulgaria, I feel that they close to me.

Stiliana Nikolova at Kiev European Championships 2020

Valeriya Yuzvyak needs our help

Valeryia Yuzvyak (Ukraine)

Ukrainian senior group member, Valeriya Yuzvyak (21 y.o.) 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.
For the last weeks, she was not training and the fans started to be suspectful of this situation. Yesterday, she confirmed what was happening. Valeriya needs an urgent and expensive treatment in Germany.

“To be honest, I write and my hands are shaking … I was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. I know that there are many kind and sensitive people among you, so I want to ask you for financial help, as the amount is really very large. Thank you very much in advance. I love you all very much. Be healthy. “

Valeryia Yuzvyak


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Achievements:

  • 2016 Olympics: reserve team.
  • At the 2020 European Championships in Kyiv: gold at Team Competition
  • 2020 European Championships, European Champion in 5 balls with Senior Group
  • 2020 European Championships: Bronze in the group exercise. all-around. As a result, the national team of Ukraine won a gold medal in the team championship.
  • Yuzviak also won two silver medals in the team competitions at the 2018 European Championships in Guadalajara and a bronze medal at the 2018 World Cup in Sofia.
Ukraine won gold at European Championships 2020

National Team of Russia 2021

The list of members of the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics team for 2021 is already published.


Senior Individual Team
  • Arina Averina
  • Dina Averina
  • Ekaterina Selezneva
  • Anastasiya Guzenkova
  • Lala Kramarenko
  • Mariya Pobedushkina
  • Dariia Trubnikova
  • Anastasiia Simakova
Arina Averina
Dina Averina
Ekaterina Selezneva
Daria Trubnikova
Anastasiia Guzenkova
Lala Kramarenko
Senior Individual Team: Reserve
  • Polina Orlova
  • Irina Annenkova
  • Anna Strashko
  • Dariia Pridannikova
  • Irina Annenkova
  • Maria Sergeeva
  • Dariia Sergeeva
  • Anna Sokolova
  • Kristyna Telyatnikova

Irina Annenkova
Mariia Sergeeva
Senior Group 
  • Anna Batasova
  • Anastasiia Maksimova
  • Evgeniya Levanova
  • Anastasiia Bliznyuk
  • Dana Semirenko
  • Aleksandra Semibratova
  • Alisa Tishchenko
  • Angelina Shkatova
  • Mariia Tolkacheva
  • Amina Haldarova
  • Anzhelika Stubaylo
  • Anastasiia Shishmakova
Anastasiia Bliznyuk
Junior Individual Team
  • Olga Karaseva
  • Sofiia Agafonova
  • Sofiia Nikeeva
  • Vladislava Nikolaenko
  • Diana Simoshina
  • Ekaterina Panteleeva
  • Anastasiia Sergeva
  • Aleksandra Skubova
  • Amina Spineva
  • Anastasiia Tatareva
  • Anna Popova
Diana Simoshina
Sofiia Agafonova
Junior Groups

  • Anna Grosh
  • Evgeniya Azeva
  • Dariia Kazakova
  • Olga Izotova
  • Sofiia Yakovleva
  • Vitaliya Yushkova
  • Alina Rusanova
  • Sofiia Sharypina
  • Elizaveta Tatareva
  • Kseniya Rodykina
  • Nonna Nyanina

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

Irina Viner, winner of the prize “Coach of the Year”

Irina Viner-Usmanova, president of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, received the Prize of Russia prize in the “Coach of the Year” in Russia at a ceremony held by the Russian Ministry of Sports. The National Sports Award was founded by the government of the Russian Federation in 2010.

The winners are awarded with this title of laureate win a prize of 1 million rubles. Eleven people were nominated for this award. Team Russia did participate in the 2020 European Championships. European Championships of Kiev was not a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess. Russia was already qualified.

Lala Kramarenko

Source: TASS Agency