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)

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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

Olympic Champion Alina Kabaeva: FIG Ambassador for World Championships Pesaro 2017

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Alina Kabaeva, European Championships Granada 2002

Olympic Champion Alina Kabaeva will be the first FIG Ambassador for World Championships, that will be in held in Pesaro, Italy this summer. Since this year, the International Gymnastics Federation will elect honorary envoys of the sport for every World Cup.

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. The World Championships will be held in Pesaro (Italy) on August 30 – September 3, 2017.

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Yana Kudryavtseva’s Masterclass in Budapest

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Olympic Silver medalist, Yana Kudryavtseva will be in Budapest, Hungary, at the end of August. This masterclass lasts just for a day. Yana and her coach, Elena Karpushenko are attending this event for both coaches and gymnast.

The event is going to be held in Budapest, Hungary on 24th of August from 4 pm. registration is now opened. The cost of this masterclass is 15 Euro.

Contact: Irunya6@gmail.com

Location: Gym of Gracia Fair Club, Budapest, X. Ker., Sibrik Miklós ùt 30/D

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Irina Viner-Usmanova’s interview about Averina Twins after European Championships 2017

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The European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships of 2017 were pretty successful for Russian gymnasts, especialy to Dina and Arina Averina. “Their ticket to the 2017 World Championships is secured” – said Irina Viner-Usmanova, head of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Dina Averina won two gold medals at the European Championships in Budapest with a hoop and ribbon. Her twin, Arina Averina became the first with clubs and a ball.

“We got very seriously prepared for this championship, the Olympic cycle is over and we won all the highest awards at the Olympics.” Unfortunately, Yana Kudryavtseva and Rita Mamun, retired. A new generation is coming: Dina and Arina Averina and Sasha Soldatova, who already performed at the world championships. The twins were just in shock today since they won two gold medals each. Today they won a place in the world championships, according to the sports principle”- since Irina Viner-Usmanova.

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Arina Averina (RUS)

Grand Prix Marbella 2017 Photos: Team Russia

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

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Lala Kramarenko (RUS)

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)