Miss Valentine Rhythmic and AGG Tournament begins today with UKR individuals leading the competition. Anna Rizatdinova, who is the favorite for gold medal, performed her new hoop routine with a top score of 18.500, the highest one for the moment.
Her teammate, Viktoriya Mazur is second for the moment and third, Aliya Protto from USA. Here are the provisional standings, after one day of competition:
“Miss Valentine” is one of the most famous international Tournaments in RG that held in Tartu (Estonia). This competition consists of: Rhythmic Competitions for Junior individual gymnasts, senior individual gymnasts and s and “AGG” Junior and Senior competition. Many gymnasts will show up their new compositions looking for Rio Olympic Games and European Championships, such as Anna Rizatdinova, who changed her hoop routine.
One of the highlights of this tournament is awarding the most graceful gymnasts with a special title of Miss Valentine, to accentuate also the artistic side of this sport.
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National Bulgarian Head Coach, Effrosina Angelova talked about the situation of Team Bulgaria to “Bnr.bg” in a recent interview. Since the beggining of February, Mariya Mateva is not training with the National Team.
“Mariya Mateva is injured and my opinion is that she could not withstand hard trainings looking forward European Championships that will be held in Israel in June”.
The first competition of the season for Bulgaria will be Grand Prix in Moscow, next weekend. Neviana Vladinova, who got a place to Olympics last year in World Championships in Stuttgart will represent Bulgaria in the first Grand Prix of the season.
On the other hand, the second senior group is not training together anymore due to an unexpected decision. One of the reasons could be because of the injuries of some members of this group.
Ina Ananieva, Head Coach of the Group also talked about her gymnasts:
“At this moment, I think the gymnasts are in good shape. I am delighted that we have no serious injuries. This year, for one composition we worked with Georgi Andreev. Second composition, with hoops and clubs, we are using music from the movie “The Matrix,” but we selected parts that are not so popular. It is such a strong composition. Our first competition will be next weekend in Moscow”.
L.A. Lights is an international Rhythmic Gymnastics tournament that is held in Los Angeles, California. The competition is also known as “The Tournament of Champions”.
There is a lot of expectation around this meeting, since top level gymnasts around the world will show their new compositions. Some of them, Melitina Staniouta (BLR), Anna Rizatdinova (UKR), Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) and Carolina Rodríguez (ESP) will participate here perhaps with the same exercises as they will perform in Olympic Games in Rio.
Other names that are already confirmed are Anastasiya Mulmina, Eleonora Romanova and Viktoriya Mazur from Ukraine. From Belarus, Mariya Trubach.
- Thursday, Jan 21, 2016
Arrival of Delegations
Corporate Center Training
- Friday, Jan 22, 2016
- Saturday, Jan 23, 2016
Competition Day 2
2 Event Awards Level 4-8
- Sunday, Jan 24, 2016
Competition Day 3
2 Event Awards + All-Around + Event Gala
- Monday, Jan 25, 2016
World Team Champion, Margarita Mamun is working on her new routines, looking forward Olympic Games in Rio.
Last year was really successful for Rita, who won two gold and three silver medals at World Championships in Stuttgart.
“This year Rita has 4 new completely different exercises. They are all different: including music and elements. I can say we are even using rock music.” – says Amina Zaripova, Mamun’s coach – “For me this is the most interesting stage of the season ”
“The new compositions are made by our choreographer, Irina Zenovka, supervised by Irina Alexandrovna (Viner). We are working from the morning until the evening. This new routines will show a different “Rita”.
Margarita Mamun is opening the season in Kazan and Moscow (first stage of Grand Prix series) in February.
The year that is previous to the Olympian one is always one of the most important moments during the preparation for Olympic Games. In adition, this year the European Games took place in Baku for the very first time in history. These are some of the most remarkable moments during the year.
Yana Kudryavtseva becomes European Games All-Around Champion
Russian grace won gold at the first European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
New Olympic Qualification System
- Only 15 countries (max. 2 per NOC) qualified directly from World Championships in Stuttgart. These were:
- Olympic Test Event, with 26 participants including NOCs (ranked between 16-24 and the best 13 gymnasts not qualified in AA final in World Championships) have the possibility to qualify to OG. These will be the top 6 gymnasts, max. 1 per NOC.
- Brazil, as the host nation has an invitation.
- 3 invitations go to continents not qualified
- An invitation is also given by the tripartite commission
Yana’s incredible ball routine during World Championships Stuttgart 2015
Kudryavsteva was injured during WC.
Carolina Rodríguez will be the first rhythmic gymnast that will compete at Olympic Games with 30 years old
Jasmine Kerber announces her retirement
The American gymnast Jasmine Kerber decided to stop doing gymnastics after World Championships.
Margarita “Rita” Mamun is the Russian National All-Around Champion and two-time World All-Around silver medalist. Rita was born in Russia but his father from Bangladesh that is why she briefly competed for this country. Her mother is a former rhythmic gymnast.
During 2015 Rita won gold in World Championships Team Competition together with Yana Kudryavtseva and Aleksandra Soldatova. She as also awarded with Longines Prize for Elegance.
Her coach is Amina Zaripova a former rhythmic gymnast also from Russia, silver and bronze All-Around European and World medalist.
These pictures were taken during Euskalgym press conference and gala in Vitoria, Spain.
Alexandra “Sasha” Soldatova is a Russian Rhythmic Gymnast coached by Anna Shumilova, former coach of Olympic Gymnast Alina Makarenko and World Champion Daria Kondakova.
Alexandra was junior European Champion in 2012. This year she became World Champion in All-Around Team competition together with teammates Yana Kudryatseva and Margarita Mamun.
These pictures were taking Euskalgym Gala 2015 in Vitoria, Spain. Soldatova was shocked about how crazy about her are her fans in Spain.
Ukrainian graces, Anna Rizatdinova ( 2013 Word All-around silver medalist, the 2014 All-around bronze medalist and the 2014 European All-around bronze medallist) and European medallist, Viktoriya Mazur attended this month to Euskalgym Gala Show in Spain. These pictures where taken during autograph session and press conference.
Anna Rizatdinova was interviewed by one of the most popular sports press magazine in Spain. She revealed how happy she was for qualifying for Olympic Games in Rio. She already started her preparation looking forward Summer Olympic Games in 2016.