A bunch of countries will participate in the RG International Judges Course that will be held in Kiev Ukraine from 10th March to 16th of March.
Some of the popular names on the list below are former gymnast such as Anna Bessonova from Ukraine and Olga Ilina from Russia.
Most of the participants are from Ukraine (current judges and former gymnasts). Here is the list of the participants:
Nataliya Bulycheva for Dolce and Gabbana 2017
Former Russian rhythmic gymnast, Nataliya Bulycheva is now a shining star in the fashion world.
Before she made her runway debut and becoming a new face in fashion world, Nataliya was a member of the National Team of Russia in Rhyhmic Gymnastics, attending to several international tournaments. She is also Master of Sports International category in Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Nataliya Bulycheva “Black Swan” editorial
Nataliya Bulycheva for Elie Saab
Natalia is nowadays working with top fashion agencies such as Elite Paris, Barcelona, Milan and London. She walked for iconic fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Hermes, Roland Mouret and Elie Saab.
Nataliya Bulycheva, Grand Prix Moscow
Nataliya Bulycheva, Universiade Kazan
Other examples of former gymnasts that now work as a model are:
Sofia Tesmenitskaya (Russian National team) who has really strong features in fashion world: Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein…
Mar González, Spanish new face, Givenchy Fall/Winter fashion show opener. Mar competed in Spanish Nationals and trained at the same club as Eugenia Onopko.
Elena Sudakova, worked for the best designers in the world and was a member of Russian team since 1999 to 2002.
Nataliya Bulycheva for Hermes
Olympian gymnast Jana Berezko from Germany, has just announced her retirement.
The first time we saw Jana Berezko-Marggrander in top international competitions was in European Championships in Bremen, as junior gymnast. In Bremen, Jana won three bronze medals in junior category. She also represented Germany and competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore where she won the all-around bronze medal.
Two years later, she qualified for Olympic Games in London. Last year, Berezko-Marggrander competed at the Rio Olympic Games held where she finished 18th in the All- Around competition.
Berezko-Marggrander was also 19 times champion of Germany. She wants to continueher sports career as a coach.
“Jana Berezko-Marggrander has been the head gymnast for Rhythmic Gymnastics in Germany for many years. She has successfully represented Germany in many international competitions. We wish her all the best for her new life and hope that she will remain loyal to the Rhythmic Gymnastics in whatever form, “said DTB Sports Director Wolfgang Willam.
Source: German Gymnastics Federation
L.A. Lights Meet is one of the most expected competitions of the year, since it is the first one of the 2017 season. Olympic Stars such as Anna Rizatdinova (UKR) and Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) already confirmed their participation in this tournament.
This celebration of athletic prowess and ambitious challenges attracts some of the best female athletes from across the United States and the entire world. The L.A. Lights Tournament of Champions will take place over the weekend of January 26-29th at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)
|Friday – January 27, 2017||8:30 – 9:40 am||L3/4 (3 events) floor, rope, hoop, ball (in this order)|
|9:40 – 12:15 pm||L5 (2 events) 5A, 5B, 5C|
|12:15 – 12:45 pm||Judges Lunch|
|12:45 – 3:20 pm||L6 (2 events) 6A, 6B, 6C|
|3:30 – 7:20 pm||L9 Exhibition (2 events) 9A, 9B, 9C, 9Sr|
|Saturday, January 28, 2017||8:30 – 11:05 am||L5 (2 events) 5B, 5C, 5A|
|11:05 – 1:40 pm||L6 (2 events) 6B, 6C, 6A|
|1:40 – 2:10 pm||Judges lunch / Groups Exhibition (1 event)|
|2:10 – 5:20 pm||L7 (2 events) 7A, 7B, 7C|
|5:20 – 5:30 pm||Judges break|
|5:30 – 7:30 pm||L8 (2 events) 8A, 8B|
|7:30 – 10:00 pm||L10 Exhibition (2 events) 10Jr, 10A, 10B|
|Sunday, January 29, 2017||8:30 – 11:40 am||L7 (2 events) 7B, 7C, 7A|
|11:40 – 11:50 am||Judges Break|
|11:50 – 1:50 pm||L8 (2 events) 8B, 8A|
|1:50 – 2:00 pm||Groups Exhibition (1 event)|
|2:00 – 5:50 pm||L9 Exhibition (2 events) 9B, 9C, 9A, 9Sr|
|6:00 – 8:30 pm||L10 Exhibition (2 events) 10Jr, 10B,, 10A|
Senior Team Belarus:
- Hanna Bazhko
- Yuliya Evchik
- Katsiaryna Halkina
- Alina Harnasko
- Yulia Isachanka
- Anastasiya Rybakova
Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Senior Team Ukraine:
- Olena Dyachenko
- Viktoriya Mazur
- Diana Myzherytska
- Yana Yarosh
- Anna Rizatdinova
Junior Team Ukraine:
- Viktoriya Onopriyenko
- Vlada Nikolchenko
Olena Dyachenko (UKR)
Three-times Olympian, Neta Rivkin from Israel, is attending a Masterclass in Gijon, Northern Spain. Neta announced retirement last month, just at the en of 2016 season.
Rivkin was the flag bearer of the Israeli Team at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics, her third Olympic Games, at the age of 24. She’s currently one of the top sportswomen of Israel. At the age of 20 she became the first Israeli to win a medal in the World Championships.
Her first Olympic Games were in Beijing (2008), were she was one of the youngest gymnasts, with only 17 years old of age. Then she could also qualify for London Olympic Games in 2012 were she qualified for the finals and finished 7th overall.
Neta is well known for her amazing technique, releve, pointe, well-done turns.
Club Rítmica Galaica is the organizer of this event.
Neta’s Masterclass is in Gijon, Spain, 21st to 22nd of January
- 26th to 29th LA Lights Rhythmic Gymnastics International Tournament in Los Angeles, U.S.A.
– 12th to 15th, “Miss Valentine” International Tournament in Tartu,Estonia.
– 15th to 20th, Grand Prix Moscow, Russia
– 24th to 26th Rhythmic Gymnastics International Tournament “Kalamata Cup” in Greece.
– 11th to 13th, “Baltic Hoop” International Rhythmic Gymnastics Tornament in Riga, Latvia.
– 16th to 19th, Grand Prix “Derugina Cup” in Kiev, Ukraine.
– 17th to 19th, Lisbon World Cup in Portugal.
– 25th to 26th, Grand Prix Thiais, France.
– 7th to 9th, World Cup Pesaro in Italy
– 21st to 23rd, World Cup Tashkent
– 28th to 39th, World Cup Baku
– 30th to 2nd of May, Grand Prix Marbella in Spain
– 5th to 7th Sofia World Cup in Bulgaria.
– 12 to 14th, World Cup Portimao, in Portugal
– 19th to 21th European Championships in Budapest, Hungary
– 2nd to 6th World Cup in Guadalajara, Spain
– 16th to 18th Grand Prix St Petersburg in Russia
– 22nd to 26th, Grand Prix Holon in Israel
– 7th to 9th, World Cup Berlin in Germany
– 20th to 30th, World Games in Wrockaw
– 11th to 13th, World Cup Kazan in Russia
– 19th to 23rd, Summer Universiade in Taipei
- 30th to 3rd of September, World Championships in Pesaro, Italy
– 19th to 23rd, Grand Prix Brno in Czech Republic
Silver Olympic Medallist, World and European Champion, Yana Kudryavtseva, announces her retirement because of her leg injury.
Irina Viner-Usmanova, president of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation also confirms that Kudryavtseva is about to retire.
“Yana is injured since last year and she is still in pain. Last year, she underwent surgery, but now, she can’t resist this pain anymore. We are deeply sad because she is very young, she is such a beauty in terms of gymnnastics.”
After Olympic Games in Rio, Yana Kudryavsteva was advised to visit her orthopaedic surgeon again. Surgeons decided that Yana needed surgery once again.
On the other hand, it is still not clear if Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun will continue her gymnastics career.
“I would like to continue and compete in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, but there’s a long way to go.”
Milena Milacic (SRB)
Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)
Melitina Staniouta (BLR)
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a very emotive sport: isnt’t it? Gymnasts are rivals but they are also best friends. We all even can see the good relationship between coaches and their gymnast such as Amina Zaripova and Margarita Mamun, Ireesha Blohina and Anna Rizatdinova or Aleksandra Soldatova and Anna Dyachenko-Shumilova.
An example of friends are rivals are Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun. They are happy for each other no matter what.
Amina Zaripova was one of the top gymnasts from Russia on 90’s. And now, she is coach of an Olympic Champion. Amina support Rita since she was a junior gymnast. She is always really sweet with her gymnasts.
Russian twins Dina and Arina Averina always support each other . We can say they are almost the whole day, even in competitions, together.