Marbella (Spain), hosts the second Grand Prix stage of 2019, after Moscow Grand Prix which always opens the GP series of the year.
The tournament consists in 3-competitions-in-one: Grand Prix Senior, International Junior competition and Group competition.
Only three Senior Groups will be in this competition. These are: SPAIN, UKRAINE AND RUSSIA. Spain will perform their brand new routines for the first time in this 2019 season.
Málaga Airport (AGP).
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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.
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).