Memories

Anna Bessonova became World Champion eight years ago and made history

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Anna Bessonova and her coach Albina Deriugina

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Ukrainian Grace, Anna Bessonova became World Champion eight years ago in Patras, Greece on 21st of September of 2007.

The year 2007 would also mark the start of a new challenge for Bessonova with rise of new Russian gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva, but Anna won all the gold medals in 2007 Summer Universiade beating Russia. Four years before in Budapest, she almost got gold in All-Around, but she could’t win Alina Kabaeva. Bessonova became audience’s favorite and was always surrounded by hundreds of fans in every single competition. But Patras was definitly her competition. She won the All-Around medal defeating Russians Olga Kapranova and Vera Sessina, against nearly impossible odds.

After a flawless performance with hoop “Avrora”,  judges scored this routine with 18,650. 

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Anna Bessonova European Championships 2002

“Swan Lake” was one of a kind, becoming a masterpiece in Rhythmic Gymnastics

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Information about LG Whisen Rhythmic AllStars 2015

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Rhythmic AllStars is a gymnastics gala show that takes part in Seoul (Korea) every year. The show will we held at the “Jamsil indoor Stadium” on the 26th and 27th of September. Gymnast from all over the world are invited to this gala. This year, top level gymnasts that will be here are Margarita Mamun (RUS)Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS), Melitina Staniouta (BLR)Yeon Jae Son (KOR), Group of Aeronautica Militare Italiana, Group of Belarus and Group of Korea.

The show also will include live performances (pop music), ballet and musical among others. Rhythmic Gymnastics in men’s category will be also part of the gala show.

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Margarita Mamun (RUS)

Silver medal in All-Around Competition -World Championships 2015

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Interview to Carolina Rodríguez after World Championships 2015

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After Olympic Games in London in 2012 Carolina Rodríguez was about to stop doing gymnastics.  He was suffering from a foot injury and the only solution was surgery. She wanted to compete in European Championships and then retire.  But her love to the sport made a dream come true: she continued training and last week, she qualified for Rio Olympics 2016.

“Carolina is different. She has charisma. What I feel towards her is more than work. We share feelings”

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Olympic Games London 2012

“Sometimes I have a lot of negative feelings around me. But thanks to my coaches and family I could see the positive side of the sport”

“When Spain won the gold medal at Atlanta ’96 I was 10 years old. I thought to myself “I also want to go to Olympic Games”. In 2004, when I was 18 I had the opportunity to compete at Olympic Games in Athens, with the group. Nowadays, I am looking forward to compete again as an individual gymnast in an Olympic Games. For me London Olympics was like a prize. I could never imagine that 4 years later, I would be still training.”

“I am feeling sad (about her retirement after OG) because I know that Carolina is unique” – said her coach.

Carolina will be the most veteran rhythmic gymnast in Olympic Games: 30 years old.

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Information about Aeon Cup 2015

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Aeon Cup worldwide Rhythmic Gymnastics Club Championships will take place in Tokyo, Japan in October 2nd -4th. It is a competition that contributes to the development of the sport. The competition venue will be “Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium”. The invited teams are:

  • GAZPROM (Russia)
  • DINAMO (Belarus)
  • JAPAN’S TOP TEAM (From Aeon Cup 2014)
  • DERIUGINA SCHOOL (Ukraine)
  • OCAQ SPORT CLUB (Azerbaijan)

Schedule

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Participants

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Junior Gymnasts will compete with rope, clubs, hoop and ball.

Senior Gymnasts will compete with ribbon, clubs, hoop and ball.

List of Participants

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Anna Rizatdinova (Deriugina School)

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World Championships Stuttgart: Day 1, Monday

Stuttgart gymnastics

World Chapionships in Stuttgart begin today. Russian stars Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavsteva did not perform their best routines today. Finaly, Alexandra Soldatova will compete with hoop, ribbon and clubs (3 apparatus instead of 2). As Yana’s coach said few weeks ago in an interview, Yana is still injured.

Ukrainians Rizatdinova and Mazur, who are at their top level, made no big mistakes. Anna Rizatdinova showed off today why she was two years ago World Champion with hoop with a wonderful hoop routine.

Spanish gymnasts performed really good without mistakes. Carolina Rodríguez minimized errors. Natalia García finished 23rd, by the moment.

More information and results coming up soon

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World Championships Stuttgart 2015: Videos

Stuttgart gymnastics

Eleonora Romanova UKR Ribbon Training

Viktoriya Mazur UKR Clubs Training

Anna Rizatdinova UKR Hoop Training

Margarita Mamun RUS Ball Training

Laura Jung GER Hoop Training

Margarita Mamun RUS Clubs Training

Yana Kudryavtseva RUS Ball Training

Neta Rivkin ISR Ribbon Training

News

Two International judges have been suspended for partisan judging.

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Two FIG judges have been suspended from three and six months in FIG and international competitions for having favored a gymnast. These judges are from Azerbaijan and Italy. Other three judges have been also warned.

“Any judge who fails to act in this manner damages the image of Gymnastics both in the eyes of the public and, also importantly, in the eyes of the gymnasts, coaches and other judges upon whose continuing participation the sport of Gymnastics and therefore the future of the FIG itself is dependent.”

This judges work at several competitions, including Youth Olympic Games and World Championships in Izmir. FIG has already pronounced sanctions against them.