Alina Kabaeva’s festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
“The festival is such a big show. There is no other show in Rhythmic Gymnastics like this in the whole world”
Different gymnasts from all around the world were reunited last weekend in Moscow. Italy, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Israel, were invited to this event. Rhythmic Gymnastics stars from Russia and current World Champions, Dina and Arina Averina starred the festival with a performance with swords and hoops. Russian team, Ekaterina Selezneva, Polina Shmatko…were also there in the show. Unfortunatly, Aleksandra Soldatova could not be there because of health issues.
Every year, the festival tells a different story to the audience.
“The festival is traditionally scheduled to the Children’s Day on June 1st. We will show how important it is to meet the right mentor, the person who will help you find your unique way in life. “
Just a few days after World Cup Guadalajara, F.I.G. uploaded the entry list of the gymnasts that are going to compete in the 2018 European Championships.
Guadalajara will hold the 34th UEG European Championships of Rhythmic Gymnastics from 1st to 3rd of June. This city wants to be a worldwide reference in rhythmic gymnastics with a huge fan base a and great project. It also aims to become the European Capital of Sport.
Only just two individual senior gymnasts were allowed to represent each of the top qualified countries. In some cases, it was not clear which gymnasts would compete in European Championships.
Ukraine’s just revealed their two participants, Yeva Meleshchuk and Vlada Nikolchenko. These are the second European Championships for Meleshchuk. A young 15-year-old Vlada Nikolchenko claims to be the top gymnast from Ukraine, winning several medals since the beggining of the season. The former promise of Ukrainian team, Olena Dyachenko, is not going to compete in the European Championships since she did not get good results in the last competitions.
Likewise, Bulgarian choice was not an easy one. National Champion, Neviana Vladinova got injured and missed the chance to participate in a few competitions to prepare for the European Championships. Katrin Taseva and Boryana Kaleyn were representing Bulgaria the whole season, but Neviana is back as a head gymnast of team BUL. Vladinova and Taseva are the ones chosen by their National Federation.
Belarus is going to be represented by Katsiaryna Halkina and Anastasiya Salos, who is the new rising star from BLR. European Championships medalist, Alina Harnasko can’t compete since she is recovering from a knee surgery. Harnasko underwent surgery a few months ago in Germany.
The toughest decision was made by Russia. World Cup Guadalajara was the place for Arina Averina and Aleksandra Soldatova, since it was clear that Dina Averina was already chosen to compete in European Championships. In the end, head coach of Russian Federation, Irina Viner-Usmanova decided to give the opportunity to Arina Averina. As such, the Averina twins (Dina and Arina) will compete in the European Championships.
Who’s going to miss this competition?
Aleksandra Soldatova, who was fighting for a place in the European Championships representing Russia.
Alina Harnasko, from Belarus, who is in the proccess of recovery from two different knee surgeries.
Ukraine’s young rhythmic gymnastics star, Olena Dyachenko, who was not chosen by Irina Deryugina to represent with Vlada Nikolchenko, UKR in European Championships.
Natalia García, from Spain, who is still recovering from a double hip surgery which requires a gently course of physical therapy. The gymnast who is going to represent the host country is Polina Berezina
According to Russian Sports Press, Dina and Arina Averina entered the preliminary team of Russia at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, which will be held the first weekend of June in Spain.
The deadline for applications from the National Federations expired on May 4th. World Cup Guadalajara is the framework to place face to face Arina Averina and Aleksandra Soldatova, since it was clear that Dina Averina deserves to go to European Championships.
Russian press confirms that finaly is Arina who will take the position with her sister Dina.
Last European Championships were held in Budapest and became the first major start for the 19-year-old Averina sisters at a high level. Dina won gold in team competition and in exercises with hoop and ribbon and silver in the exercise with clubs. Arina Averina also got gold medals: team competition and clubs and ball.
In the other hand, Aleksandra Soldatova got second place this weekend in Guadalajara WC just behind Linoy Ashram (ISR) and ahead Arina Averina (RUS)
The 3rd stage of Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series takes place in Thiais France on 23rd and 24th of March. This GP is already a legend in gymnastics tradition since it reaches its 32nd edition.
Grand Prix Thiais is a legendary Grand Prix series competition held in Thiais, close to Paris (France).
Grand Prix Seniors
The gymnasts invited to participate in the qualifications will perform routines according to the following program:
Only the first 8 gymnasts (of each apparatus) will participate in the finals on Sunday afternoon.
The invited groups in 2018 will perform – in accordance with the FIG rules – two differrent routines:
3 balls – 2 ropes
Already 18 countries from all around the world are confirmed.
Grand Prix Series 2018:
Grand Prix Thiais is a legendary Grand Prix series competition held in Thiais, close to Paris (France)
According to Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, the members of National team are:
Senior Gymnasts (Born in 2002 or before):
Junior Gymnasts (Born in 2003 or later)
First National competition will be from 4th to 8th of February “Ukrainian Championships”.
Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (ITA) during Euskalgym Gala 2017
Italian Rhythmic Gymnastics star, Alexandra Agiurgiuculese is fighting for “Exploit of the year” award this year. She could become the best sportswoman of the year for Gazzetta Sports in Italy.
She won bronze medal in European Junior Championships (team competition) in Holon with Milena Baldassarri.
Alexandra was born in Iasi, Romania on the 15th of January of 2001. In 2011, she moved to Italy. Later in 2016 she won bronze medal in European Junior Championships (team competition) in Holon with Milena Baldassarri. As an individual junior gymnast, she won 3 medals in a row, becoming the most awarded gymnast in the history of Italian Rhythmic Gymnastics.