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.
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.
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…
We are in the end of the season 2018 and most of the gymnasts are already on the way of 2019 season. Next year will be pretty intense since it is the previous season of Olympic year.
These are some of the examples of the best exercises of the year:
Bulgaria Senior Group 5 Hoops
Bulgarian senior group are European and World Champions in 5 hoops in 2018.
Dina Averina Ball
Dina is currently the World Champion in Ball
Linoy Ashram Hoop
This extremely difficult exercise is one of the best routines of the year
Italy 3 balls and 2 ropes
“The eye of the tiger” will made history as one of the most powerful exercises ever
Alexandra Agiurgiuculese Ball
The Italian gymnast won the bronze medal at World Championships in 2018
Boryana Kaleyn Ball
Boryana is the new rising star from Bulgaria
Milena Baldasarri Ribbon
Milena is the silver medalist of World Championships in 2018.
Katsiaryna Halkina Ball
Katya is the European Bronze medalist in All-Around competition
Neviana Vladinova ball
Neviana is back to competirion after a tough injury.
Vlada Nikolchenko Hoop
Ukraine’s Vlada Nikolchenko who has just turned 16 is currently top 1 in team Ukraine
Legendary Rhythmic Gymnastics School in Ukraine organize an unique Grand Prix from 13th to 17th of March in Kiev.
The event is run by the mother, Albina Deriugina (Hero in Ukraine) and daughter Irina Deriugina, who is the head coach. Irina’s daughter, Ireesha Blokhina, works in the school as a senior choreographer. Since 1992, “Deriugina Cup” is the biggest competition in Ukraine and one of the most important events of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition Calendar.
“Deriugina Cup” is a celebration of femininity, beauty and elegance, and most importantly – popularisation of rhythmic gymnastics in Ukraine.
Notable Alumni of this school were Olympians Ekaterina Serebryanskaya, Oksana Skaldina, Aleksandra Tymoshenko, Anna Rizatdinova and Anna Bessonova, between others.
The winner of last year edition was Polina Khonina, from Russia. The participants list is still to confirm.
These pictures were taken during the morning of 24th November of 2018 (autograph session).
Euskalgym is a massive event for the audience to enjoy discovering the spectacularity of rhythmic gymnastics . It is a tribute to gymnastics, designed for the delight of fans of this sport, raised to the category of art.
It is one of the most famous events of the year, where the top gymnasts from around the world perform one or two exercises and a gala. The event will be held in BEC (Bilbao Exhibition Center), Bilbao (Spain) on 24th of November. This place recently held MTV Music Awards.
Participants (already confirmed)
- Arina Averina (RUS)
- Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
- Bulgarian Senior Group
- Dina Averina (RUS)
- Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
- Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
- Katrin Taseva (BUL)
- Neviana Vladinova (BUL)
- Linoy Ashram (ISR)
- Nicol Zelikman (ISR)
- Salome Pazhava (GEO)
- Alina Harnasko (BLR)
- Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
- Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
- Alexandra Kis (HUN)
- Almudena Cid (ESP)
- Polina Berezina (ESP)
- Ruben Orihuela (ESP)
- Gerard Lopez (ESP)
How can I go to Bilbao center?
From Bilbao airport, there is a special transportation by bus:
Airport-Bilbao: Bizkaibus Línea 3247 “Bilbao Aeropuerto”
Euskalgym Gala 2017 Photos:
Foundation, eye shadows, powder, blush… Gymnasts always wear beautiful make-up during competitions.
The style depends on the choices of the gymnast, since there is no regulation about make-up for competitions. In Aesthetic Gymnastics, make-up has become relevant as a way of expression.
Some of them choose natural make up such as Anna Rizatdinova or heavy smoky eyes such as Yanika Vartlaan. Even a cosmetics brand, GOSH cosmetics, is promoting Belarusian team. Spanish former gymnast, Almudena Cid, filmed a tutorial about Rhythmic Gymnastics Makeup.
Russian team is including in their summer camps make-up lessons.
The Ukrainian smokey eye
Yanika Vartlaan and Vlada Nikolchenko are inspired on Tamara Yerofeeva’s early 00’s smokey dark make-up. You can do a similar effect using this Urban Decay “Naked Smoky”
This item makes your eyes look bigger. You can draw it with a pencil eyeliner or a liquid one. Kat Von D “Tattoo liner”, is very precise.
As simple as that. If you don’t want to wear heavy makeup, this lipstick colour has to be on your basics. This one by MAC “Russian red” is one of the most sold lipsticks all around the world.
Silviya Miteva and Katsiaryna Halkina use a cast of blue tones on their eyes. Another example of palette that suits these colours is a limited edition HUDA BEAUTY “Sapphire Obsessions” Eyeshadow palette.
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.
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/
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