Information about Grand Prix Thiais 2018

 

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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:

> Hoop
> Ball
> Clubs
> Ribbon

Only the first 8 gymnasts (of each apparatus) will participate in the finals on Sunday afternoon.

Groups

The invited groups in 2018 will perform – in accordance with the FIG rules – two differrent routines:

5 hoops

3 balls – 2 ropes

Already 18 countries from all around the world are confirmed.

Grand Prix Series 2018:

  • Grand Prix Moscow (Russia)
  • Grand Prix Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Grand Prix Thiais (France)
  • Grand Prix Marbella (Spain) *change of dates to October
  • Grand Prix Holon (Israel)
  • Grand Prix Brno (Czech Republic)
  • Grand Prix Eilat (Israel)

Grand Prix Thiais is a legendary Grand Prix series competition held in Thiais, close to Paris (France)

Participants:

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Ukraine National Team 2018

 

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Olena Dyachenko (UKR)

 

According to Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, the members of National team are:

Senior Gymnasts (Born in 2002 or before):

  • Olena Dyachenko
  • Katerina Lutsenko
  • Vlada Nikolchenko
  • Yeva Meleshchuk
  • Viktoriya Fotiyeva
  • Alina Sidak
  • Janika Vartlaan
  • Mariola Bodnarchuk
  • Anastasiya Voznyak
  • Valeriya Khanina
  • Diana Mizheritskaya
  • Valeriya Yuzvyak
  • Darya Kobets
  • Alina Bykhno
  • Yana Yarosh
  • Anna Sobeshchakova
  • Yuliya Olkhovskaya
  • Alina Olkhovskaya
  • Tatyana Dovzhenko
  • Mariya Vysochanskaya
  • Aleksandra Yaremchuk

Junior Gymnasts (Born in 2003 or later)

  • Kristina Pogranichnaya
  • Viktoriya Onopriyenko
  • Viktoriya Denisenko
  • Yekaterina Demidenko
  • Vita Rokoman
  • Anna Galasyuk
  • Anastasiya Valentirova

First National competition will be from 4th to 8th of February “Ukrainian Championships”.

Alexandra Agiurgiuculese: “Exploit of the Year”

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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.

Vote for Alexandra: http://sportsawards.gazzetta.it/atleta/alexandra-agiurgiuculese/categoria/exploit-dell-anno

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World Championships Pesaro 2017 Exclusive Training Photos

 

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Beautiful city of Pesaro, which is a town and comune in the Italian region of the Marche, hosts 35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. More than 250 gymnasts from 53 nations all around the world are reunited this week in Italy. These are the first Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships for the brand new elected FIG president,  Morinari Watanabe. Pesaro was elected “Capital for Sport” this year and it is a reference point for Rhythmic Gymnastics. For nine years, this town hosts a World Cup Rhythmic Gymnastics stage that became one of the most famous.

Olympic Champion in 2004 and Rhythmic Gymnastics legend,  Alina Kabaeva, will be in Pesaro as Rhythmic Gymnastics Ambassador. The mission of the “Ambassador of Gymnastics” is to popularize and promote the sport at the international level. In addition, FIG Ambassador will take part in the medal ceremony , its press conference and other public events.

These pictures were taken 29.08.2017 at the Adriatic Arena in Pesaro (Italy). Click on thumnails to enlarge.

Exclusive photos by Ulrich Fassbender for Rhythmic-Gymnastics.info

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Olena Dyachenko (UKR)

35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Pesaro, 28.08.2017

Dina Averina (RUS)

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Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Pesaro, 28.08.2017

Dina Averina (RUS)

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Dina Averina (RUS)

Interview to Alexandra Soldatova

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Aleksandra Soldatova is a rhythmic gymnast from Russia. “Sasha” is the 2016 National  All-around champion, World and European Team Champion. Her situation right now is on controversy since Dina and Arina Averina were chosen by Irina Viner to compete in World Championships in Pesaro.

How did you start doing gymnastics?

We used to live in Ufa (Russia). My brother, who is 2 years older than me, did artistic gymnastics. Then, he moved to Pushkino. My mum wanted him to do gymnastics. In Pushkino, they also had a school of Rhythmic Gymnastics and there, I started to do it. I loved it since I started doing it.

How can you deal with stress before competitions?

I put myself in all stressful situations during trainings. For example, I execute all risks, masteries and verify all the elements in the routine. To all the gymnasts who are scared of competition I use to say: “work on it during trainings and then, you will realize that you will be more confident with yourself”.

Do you have any routine to be calm before competitions?

No, I don’t. The confidence comes with the experience.

Which is the most exotic thing you have tried?

I don’t remember… Maybe in Japan, it is a realy exotic culture for us. But I travel because of gymnastics and the only places I can see during this trips are hotel and gym.

Is there a country where you really would like to come back?

I haven’t fallen in love with any of the countries I have been to… But I love the ocean. I have been in Brazil and USA, but I didn’t have the chance to go into the beach

Sasha, what is your favorite colour?

Yellow. It has always been. It is a warm colour.

Have you always been that flexible?

Of course I had to strenght my muscles up, but my nature is to be flexible. I have flexible joints: knees and elbows.

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Have you ever had the thought of stop doing gymnastics?

No, I have never. N-E-V-E-R. Of course there are a lot of difficult moments, but I really don’t want to think to quit.

Do you often cry during trainings?

No, it is very rare for me to cry during trainings. Honestly, I don’t remember.

How do you choose your musics?

This is a long proccess. It is very difficult to find a music that you like.

Would you like to become a coach?

First of all I would like to do masterclasses but about a coaching career, well, I don’t see myself as a coach.

Who is your favorite Junior gymnast?

Sometimes I train with Anna Sokolova and perhaps she could be my favorite. Then, Lala Kramarenko and Polina Shmatk when she is training maximum

Do you diet?

All the gymnasts in Novogorsk (National Training Center) have tried tons of diets. I tried to eat just once a day but I couldn’t. I have even work with a nutritionist. The secret is to eat healthy and very often (4-5 times a day). I don’t eat sweets, but when I was in Croatia I could not diet and I ate pizza, ice-cream…I drink only water and I don’t eat fried things.

How do you deal when the scores are not as good as you think they would be?

The first part of the last season I didn’t win almost anything. These moments were really hard. I trained a lot, worked out…I had a lot of negative emotions and that even helped me to work harder.

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How many hours do you train in a day?

It depends on which part of the season we are. But in general terms, we train from 8 am to 1 pm during the morning and then from 3 pm to 6 or 7 pm in the afternoon.

Do you have a boyfriend?

Yes.

Which is your favorite leotard?

I really like the last one that Art-Blesk did for me (beige) but unfortunatly it doesn’t fit my routines at all. Another one that I really like is the black one I used last year for “Mama” (ball routine).

 

 

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Sasha’s favorite leotard