Interview to Carolina Rodríguez in Belgrade


During last weekend, Carolina Rodríguez and her teammates from Spanish National Team and Club Ritmo, from León (Spain) were invited to Palilula Cup in Belgrade. Carolina performed over there her gala. Carolina is 11 times National Champion and Mediterranean Games Gold medal. Olympic Games in Rio will be their 3rd Olympic Games. She also will be the oldest gymnast ever in Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics discipline.

– How did your gymnastics career start?

– For my parents it was actually very difficult. Both are deaf. I must communicate with them using my hands. That´s why my coach realized I could even perform a story using only my hands. And this is how my career started. After two years I became Spanish National Champion . We had a lot of difficulties: our club had not very good facilities (cold, low ceiling…) so that we had to train in a church. I even was called ” The Miracle Champion”.

I joined National Team as a junior gymnast and after a year, in 2001 I competed in World Championships in Madrid

After so many years, you still have the strenght for training

– I have to say I do everything with passion. Of course I had bad moments. But just one good moment worths the bad moments.

“In 2007, Spanish National Federation asked me to leave the team. I was really sad and I stopped doing gymnastics for 6 months.  Then I was back and after a year, the Federation said I was selected for representing Spain. But I decided not to leave my hometown, León. ”  – said Carolina

– How was your stay in Belgrade?

– Carolina will only perform a Gala over here – said Ruth, her coach – but Sara Llana from National team is also here and two other junior gymnasts: Paula and Olatz. We think we have a really different style.


Eleonora Romanova is training in Novogorsk


Eleonora Romanova

World Championships Stuttgart 2015

After some rumours some weeks ago, it is already confirmed that Eleonora Romanova, who compited for Ukraine last year is now training in Russian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, Novogorsk. The fact is she didn`t return to the Ukrainian RG National Team and for the moment and media said that parents took her away from Ukraine and that she allegedly decided to change the nationality to compete further for the Russian Federation. Despite of rumours,there were a few pictures in Instagram where she was clearly seen in Novogorsk.

Ukrainian RG Federation spoke about this situation: “To sum up : Eleonora Romanova was staying with her parents in Krasnodon (region of Lugansk) after New Year and the coaches of the National team have been shocked to find out of her presence in Russia. Currently, neither the gymnast nor her parents have reached out to Ukrainian RG Federation and never informed the Federation of the wish to change citizenship”

Despite of rumours,there were a few pictures in Instagram where she was clearly seen in Novogorsk.

“However, we are aware that she was seen in Moscow. Eleonora Romanova has been financed in full by the government of Ukraine and sponsorship during all the years of her stay in National team. Normally the preparation of an athlete of such a high level costs approximately 2-5 mln. USD.”


Mikhaela Maevska (Bulgarian Group) is injured



Bulgarian Group captain, Mikhaela Maevska (in the middle) injured her left knee during 5 ribbons exercise in World Cup Pesaro last weekend in Italy. This week, magnetic resonance imaging will decide the seriousness of her injury.

“I hope I can recover soon, since now I am feeling fine. I remember I had the same problem four years ago. That time, we fixed it really quickly and could compete again in a few weeks. My goal now is to compete at World Cup Sofia at the end of May.” – said Maevska

As Mikhaela said, for years ago she underwent surgery on her knee and, twenty-five days after, she could train again. Now again her meniscus injured. Maevska will be examined by an orthopaedic surgeon in Germany, who will determine if the surgery (knee arthroscopy) is needed.

Information about Grand Prix Thiais 2016


26th of March
14:00 Senior Individuals Group A All-Around
16 h 00 Pause
16 h 30 Senior Individuals Group B All-Around
18 h 30 Individuals Medal Ceremony
19 h 30 Groups All-Around (group A)
20 h 15 Pause
20 h 45 Groups All-Around (group B)
21 h 30 Groups Medal Ceremony

27th of March
13 h 45 Hoop and Ball, 5 ribbons Final
14 h 50 Pause
15 h 20 Clubs and Ribbon, Clubs+Hoops Final
16 h 25 Medals Ceremony
16 h 50 Gala


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Gymnast of the week: Karla Díaz Arnal


Rhythmic Gymnastics leotards are one of the most attractive side of this sport.Each leotard is exclusively designed, made and crafted for the gymnast. They are all handmade and could cost around 1000 € each or even more, depending of the number of Swarovski stones that it has. This crystal reflects with the light, creating and illusion.

Karla Díaz Arnal from Mexico is one of the gymnasts that will fight for a place to compete in Rio Olympic Games. Karla talked about her leotards:

“My mum helps me a lot. She loves to design and sew my rhythmic gymnastics leotards. Only once I bought a pair of leotards from Belarus, which in fact, were really beautiful. But the ones that I really like are the ones from my mum, because they are made with feelings.”

“Fortunatly, my leotards are not that expensive (Russian ones cost around 3000€) since my mum works on them. This made them so special for me. She has the inspiration in other leotards and of course, the music.”


Karla Díaz Arnal, World Championships Stuttgar 2015

“First of all, I choose the music, depending on the apparatus. The music inspires the colours of the leotard.”

Karla’s mum is so proud of her “I remember when she was only 9 years old. I asked her: “where was your happiest day of your life?” . I was expecting her answer would be “My birthday, Santa’s…”. But she answered me: “The happiest day of my life is when I am in competitons”. I realized that was what she wanted and of course, I support her on this decision”.


Ljubljana International Tournament Results



Russian Grace, Margarita Mamun, leads All-Around Qualifications at Ljubljana Slovenian Challenge. Rita, who was these days with Russian National team training in Israel is not competing next week at Lisbon (World Cup Series). Her brand new routines shine today, especially ribbon, using main soundtrack from Tchaikovsky’s Black Swan OST.

Second position was for Melitina Staniouta, who had a bandage all around her ankle joint.

Third position went for a young rising star from Israel, Linoy Ashram and fourth for Carolina Rodríguez (Spain)

All-Around Results: