Interview to Aleksandra Soldatova

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Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics senior team member, Aleksandra Soldatova, gave an exclusive interview to Russian TV after World Championships.

How do you feel after a good performance?

I have to say that of course when you perform a clean routine and so that you get a high score, that is such a good feeling. But also I know that isn’t still your limit. That is maybe one of the bests moments for a gymnast.

Do you usually cry during trainings?

I remember when I was a kid I used not to cry. At least I tried not to. Even if the coach shout to me. Right now it is kinda different. I usually cry because of my feelings, mostly happiness.

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Have you ever think in stop doing gymnastics?

There were a lot of moments that I thought to just give up. But then, I believe this is just a way to reach a medal.

Did you start doing gymnastics because of Rhythmic Gymnastics Stars?

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.

How did you met Anna Dyachenko (Shumilova)?

I don’t remember clearly. But I got close to her really soon and, then, I understood how a great person and coach she is. I respect her a lot.

What would you say to those who have you to stop doing gymnastics?

That words make me feel mad at them. Of course gymnasts have a lot of injuries and suffer from pain. But I feel that I have to do something for this sport.

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How is Irina Alexandrovna Viner as a coach?

Without her I could not have any medals. When I am training even over 10 hours a day, of course I feel really tired. But I am thankful to her because she helps me a lot. Instead of thinking “I am exhausted” I think, “Thank you Irina Alexandrova for spending this time with me”.

Could you describe how was this last year for you?

Extremely hard. I injured my leg. It was such a long recovery. I also missed European Championships. I was quite sure I was going to this event. I had to say that before I got injured, I performed my routines as clean as I could. I was ready for EC. I remember how I start feeling the pain in my leg during leaps. Then the doctors realized my leg was broken. Once I knew that, I started crying. I think I will regret of not going to EC the rest of my life…

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Is Rhythmic Gymnastics a sport just for women?

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Current National Spanish Masculine Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion, Gerard Lopez

That’s a question with a controversial answer. Since its inception, rhythmic gymnastics has typically been a sport only practiced by women.  We were not used to seeing boys performing rhythmic exercises.

In 2005, the Royal Spanish Federation allowed men to compete at the national level, but in a special category, called “Open”. Later in 2013, men were allowed to compete in National Championships.

Since its inception, rhythmic gymnastics has typically been a sport only practiced by women.

Currently, F.I.G.  approves Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics (Men’s RG, MRG), which is an artistic sport that combinates acrobatics synchronization moves. These sport doesn’t include the same apparatus as female Rhythmic Gymnastics.  Particularly in Europe, some male rhythmic gymnasts who perform in the same way as their female counterparts. They are, however, not eligible to participate in any major competition. There is also a increasing number of international Rhythmic Gymnastics judges which are men.

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Ariel Milanesio, International Rhythmic Gymnastics Judge

L’Association de Défense de l’Égalité Hommes-Femmes en Gymnastique Rythmique (GR-ADE) is a french non profit organisation created on August 2018.

This project was suggested by the presidency of the Île-de-France region (the organizing region of the Paris Olympics 2024) and supported by the french State Secretariat for gender equality and the Fight against Discrimination. It was then Implemented by Peterson Ceus (french masculine rhythmic gymnast).

Its missions :

– Defend gender diversity within Rhythmic Gymnastics (now closed discipline to men), allowing access of boys at all levels of competition (national and international).

– Fight against discriminatory behaviors in this sport.

– Convince institutions, medias, and broadly speaking, the public of the interest of establishing equality between men and women within Rhythmic Gymnastics.

The ultimate goal is to ensure an official gender equality in the competition programs of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and, to promote the opening of the discipline to men at the Olympic Games, in particular those of Paris in 2024.

Source: GR ADE on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/GYMR.ADE/

Contact: gymr.ade@gmail.com or info@gr-ade.com

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Peterson Ceus (FRA)

 

Grand Prix Marbella 2018 All-Around Photos (II)

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Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

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Nastassia Generalova (USA)

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Lourdes Mohedano (ESP)

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Lourdes Mohedano (ESP)

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Natalia García (ESP)

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Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)

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Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)

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Natalia Garcia (ESP)

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Natalia García (ESP)

Grand Prix Marbella 2018 Participants

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The last stage of Grand Prix Series takes place this weekend in Marbella, Spain (28th and 29th of October) with a few groups of gymnasts from all around the world, including the whole Ukrainian senior Team.

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Former Olympic medalist from Spain, Lourdes Mohedano and from Ukraine, Anna Rizatdinova, will perform a gala during Grand Prix. Natalia Garcia Timofeeva will also surprise the audience with a delighting gala choreographed for this competition.
Tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday.

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35th FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Pesaro, 31.08.2017

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Yeva Meleshchuk (UKR)

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Natalia García (ESP)

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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

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Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

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Olena Dyachenko (UKR)

 

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Olympic Bronze Medalist, Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Leotards

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Dina Averina (RUS)

Leotard is a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso but leaves the legs wore by gymnasts. Some of them are also covering legs and they are called “unitards”.

Since 2001, COP allows leotards with or without skirts and unitards (since 1993) . The skirt should fall down on the hips and “tutu shape” is forbidden. Its length should not go lower than the pelvis. Tights are also allowed. Since a few years ago, leotards can be embroidered with sequins, glitter, feathers and Swarovski stones.

Leotards designers may find their inspiration on fashion runways.  Karina Kuznetsova wore a leotard inspired in Valentino’s original gown, Yana Kudryavtseva worn a ball leotard which was an inspiration on an iconic design by Dior Couture.

One of the most finest leotards atelier is “Lana”, located in Moscow, Russia. They sew leotards for international Rhythmic Gymnastics stars such as Arina and Dina Averina, Aleksandra Soldatova, Yanika Vartlaan and Kseniya Moustafaeva.

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Leotard worn by World Champion Dina Averina (RUS). Available for renting.

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Yanika Vartlaan (UKR) wearing a leotard designed and sew by Lana’s atelier

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Caption of Lana’s atelier detailed handmade

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Each leotard represents a storie. For example, Polina Shamatko has an exercise with music of Shchedrin “Russian Fairytale”. This leotard is hadmade painted. The leotard is inspired in Russian folklore.

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Rental conditions

They give a swimsuit for a 100% guarantee of cost, from which 10% of the cost of a swimsuit is deducted once the leotards is returned back up to 7 calendar days. This is usually enough even for going to international competitions.

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Aleksandra Soldatova, awarded by Longines “Prize for Elegance”

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FIG Official Partner, Longines, awarded Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) with “Prize for Elegance” last friday evening in Sofia.

Longines awarded with this prize for more than 20 years. Almudena Cid, Margarita Mamun, Yana Kudryavtseva, Daria Kondakova, Anna Rizatdinova, Alexandra Agiurgiuculese are some of the gymnasts that were recognized with this award.

The prize is given to the most remarkable grace and elegance course of All-Around individual final in World Championships.

This year’s jury was composed of Walter von Kaenel, President of Longines, FIG President Morinari Watanabe, Maria Petrova, 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships Ambassador and Dmitri Dmitriev, Longines Regional Sales Manager for Bulgaria.

Soldatova recieved an exclusive timepiece as well as a bank check.

 

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International Junior Tournament Kazan 2018 Results

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Daria Trunikova (RUS)

Kazan is the stage elected before World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, in September. Most of top Russian rhythmic gymnasts are competing in Kazan which makes the competition even more interesting such as Irina Annenkova, Dina and Arina Averina and Mariya Sergeeva.

Junior rising star, Daria Trubnikova, won All-Around competition ahead Yana Striga, who is one of the top juniors of the season. Trubnikova’s coach is former gymnast, Amina Zaripova, who was also coaching current the Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun. Unfortunatly, Polina Shmatko and Anastasiya Sergeeva could not compete here due to health reasons. Anastasiya published on social media that she was suffering from appendicitis.

 

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Alina Kabaeva’s 2018 Festival

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Alina Kabaeva (RUS)

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. “

 

European Championships Guadalajara 2018 : Senior Individual Participants

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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.

Choices

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.

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Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

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.

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Katrin Taseva (BUL)

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.

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Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

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.

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Arina Averina (RUS)

 

Who’s going to miss this competition? 

Aleksandra Soldatova, who was fighting for a place in the European Championships representing Russia.

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Alina Harnasko, from Belarus, who is in the proccess of recovery from two different knee surgeries.

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Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Ukraine’s young rhythmic gymnastics star, Olena Dyachenko, who was not chosen by Irina Deryugina to represent with Vlada Nikolchenko, UKR in European Championships.

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Olena Dyachenko (UKR)

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

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Natalia García (ESP)