Russian rhythmic gymnast, Yulia Bravikova, have just announced her retirement due to a foot injury.
Yulia is the European Champion in 2014 with hoop and winner of the Summer Universiade in 2017. A few months before Youth Olympic Games, she suffered a leg injury so that Yulia could not compete. She was withdrawn and replaced by Irina Annenkova, who won gold.
In her senior season, she had a new coach, Daria Kondakova. 2017 was maybe the most succesful year for Yulia: 5 Golds (clubs, ribbon, hoop, ball and all-around) at Grand Prix Eilat (ISR), and All-Around winner of Summer Universiade in Taipei.
In 2018, Bravikova began her season at the 2018 Grand Prix Moscow, where she got injured again.
“Since 2013 I suffered an injury in my left foot, and then, my recovery was really tough. Right now the doctors advise me to stop doing gymnastics. Thank you so much to all the people who believed in me.
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.
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.
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Marbella arranges the 5th International Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix, which is also the Grand Final.
The Grand Prix will take place in Marbella, South of Spain from 26th to 28th of October. On Sunday morning, junior competition (2003, 2004,2005 d.o.b.) will also take place.
The participants list of Grand Prix is not available for the moment, but Alina Harnasko (BLR), Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS), Natassia Generalova (USA), Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR), Yanika Vartlaan (UKR), Maria Año (ESP), Yeva Meleshchuk (UKR), Mariya Sergeeva (RUS), Olena Dyachenko (UKR), Karina Kuznetsova (RUS), Neviana Vladinova (BUL) are already confirmed.
Olympic Medalists Anna Rizatdinova, Evgeniya Kanaeva, Lourdes Mohedano and Yuliya Barsukova will be also at Grand Prix as guests.
The competition venue is “Palacio de los Deportes San Pedro de Alcantara”. The closest airport is Malaga (AGP).
Thursday 25th of October:
Arrival of Delegations
Friday 26th of October:
Official Trainings (Grand Prix Trainings are during the afternoon)
Saturday 27th of October:
10:00 National Groups Tournament “Ciudad de Marbella”
16:30 “Grand Prix” (during the afternoon).
Sunday 28th of October:
9:00″Andalucia Cup” (during the morning), 17:00 “Grand Prix Finals” (during the afternoon).
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Rhythmic Gymnastics routines are not only exercises with apparatus difficulty. There is also artristy on them. The gymnasts could act during their routine with elements that have no value but, on the other hand, they give artistic sense to their routines. These are some examples:
Maria Petrova from Bulgaria. This could be one of the most famous starting positions in Rhythmic Gymnastics history and one of Maria’s most original routines.
Katrin Taseva (BUL) starts and ends her 2018 ball routine with this curious position.
Viktoriya Mazur (UKR) started this lovely ball routine with the ball between her foot.
Alina Kabaeva (RUS), who introduced contortion elements to rhythmic gymnastics at the end of 90’s.
Anna Rizatdinova (UKR) began 2013 season with this suggestive ball starting position.
Elizabeth Paysieva (BUL) starting her rope routine showing her back flexibility skills.
Anna Bessonova (UKR) started her dramatic “Avrora” hoop routine holding the hoop between her wrists.
Viktoria Shynkarenko (UKR) deep look to judges.
Silviya Miteva (BUL) holding the ball on her arms.
Tamara Yerofeeva (UKR) starting with a balance that continued with a tourlent.