Interview to Stiliana Nikolova

Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)

Stiliana Nikolova is a promising rhythmic gymnasts from Bulgaria. She is the current 2020 European Junior champion with ribbon and silver medalist with ball. This year, she is already competing in senior level, looking forward to qualify for Tokyo Olympic Games.

When did you start doing rhythmic gymnastics?.

My mother is a coach, so I grow up in the gym. I was always playing around with apparatus and looking to the other girls as they were stars. My mum is my inspiration and I would like to be like her. She is twice world European Champion.. I started doing gymnastics at four years old.

How do you calm down before competitions?

I get really nervous before competitions, but I need to manage all this stress. I even cry before competitions. I try to open to myself but sometimes it doesn’t work.

My mother was twice European Champion and World Champion

Which is your favorite apparatus?

I like all my routines, but my favorite one is clubs, especially my clubs 2021 exercise.

Do you like the current code of points in rhythmic gymnastics?

Not really, if I could do it, I’ll change all those throwing and catching. I would rather prefer to have more artistic and body difficulty. I feel like we are in the circus right now. I would also add more rhythmic steps.

Is your family living with you?

I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and my family is living over there. I have a lot of friends from Egypt and even if they are not living in Bulgaria, I feel that they close to me.

Stiliana Nikolova at Kiev European Championships 2020

Bulgarian Senior Group will not participate at European Championships

Laura Traets and Erika Zafirova

Bulgarian Senior group recently confirmed that they withdrawn from European Championships in Kiev from November 26 to 29 since a member of the team, Erika Zafirova, tested positive for coronavirus.

Local news reported that the team will be on quarantine for ten days and they will not be able to train either compete.

Bulgaria 5 Balls 2020

Bulgarian Senior Group will no longer travel to the Kiev 

This group has been in top 5 positions since 2014 and they clearly were favorites.

The situation right now is really unstable due to the Covid crisis in the whole Europe. Irina Deriugina confirmed this week that their intention is to still organize the event under strict conditions and with no audience.

Bulgarian Senior Group in 2019

On the other hand, Boryana Kaleyn and Katrin Taseva, will represent Bulgaria in the individual competition.

Boryana Kaleyn
Katrin Taseva

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships Budapest 2017: Official Trainings Photos II

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Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

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Katrin Taseva (BUL)

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Liubov Cherkashyna (BLR)

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Katrin Taseva (BUL)

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Junior Group Belarus

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Bulgarian Junior Group

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Arina Averina (RUS)

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Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

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Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

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Dina Averina (RUS)

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Jouki Tikkanen (FIN)

Bulgarian Group will change their two routine for Olympic Games in Rio

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Bulgaria 5 Ribbons World Championships Stuttgart 2015

 

Ina Ananieva, head coach of the Bulgarian Senior Group wants to change both exercises looking forward Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“Since I became the head coach of this group we changed each year our compositions. Bulgaria will not  go to the Olympic with old routines. We need to show something different, so that we will have both routines” – said Ina.

World Championships in Stuttgart were really successful for Bulgarian Group. They got bronze medal in hoops and clubs final and silver medal in All-Around competition.

“Bulgarian group deserves a medal in Rio Olympics” – said their coach Ina Ananieva

“I really want these girls yo succeed in the Olimpic Games. They truly deserve it” – said Ananiega in a recently interview

Bulgaria will start working on the next season on 10th of October.