Irina Viner on Averinas sports career

Irina Viner Usmanova

Irina Viner revealed why Arina and Dina Averina are still training even they wanted to finish their career after Tokyo 2020.

“After Olympic Games, Arina called me. She told me she wanted to finish her sports career. The intention of the twins was to graduate in Economics and attend to University. I said -okay-. Hold on for a minute, chicken. Wet chicken. What did the Nation for you and your sister? Why did the people take you to the Red Square in your honour? The first prime Minister, said that your sister Dina deserved the gold medal. Now the President is going to give you an award. Are you crazy? How dare you! Will you let the people down? After all these, how can you say that to me?

Arina Averina (RUS)

“Quickly go to gym!” – said Irina Viner. ”Were you trying to test me? How much do you want me to suffer for you? You though that I would say to you that I have younger gymnast that can replace you. But you are not right”

Irina Viner made them back to the gym. Now Dina and Arina are training for the next season on their brand new routines.

Dina Averina (RUS)

Results and Irina Viner’s impressions of 3rd International Online Tournament 2020

Arina Averina (RUS)

The third international tournament ended with the triumph of Russian Team. It was a great option to all teams that do not want to risk the health of their children and their coaches, but still want to compete. Each new edition there are more and more participating countries, both in number and in composition. One of the strongest gymnast from Bulgaria, Katrin Taseva, took part in this tournament and took third place in the all-around competition. Ekaterina Selezneva is increasing her physical shape since she was ill and still recovering. Daria Trubnikova and Diana Simoshina are in the same situation, that’s why they didn’t compete in the 3rd International Online Tournament. On the other hand, Sofia Agafonova, was diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Daria Trubnikova (RUS)

Sofia could, of course, perform on painkillers, but we did not risk it, because the girl is still a junior.  Therefore, we decided not to risk her health. “

Irina Viner Usmanova said

Anastasiya Guzenkova tested positive in COVID and she spent 14 days in isolation. She was tested three times, hoping the first one was false positive. So it was with Simakova. But every time she had a positive result. Although outwardly she was absolutely healthy. Therefore, I just sat at home in quarantine, now everything is fine. 

Unfortunately, Covid indirectly greatly influenced, of course. We have never had so many injuries.

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Anastasiya Guzenkova

What is your opinion about the Senior Russian Team?

This is an established team, they are a mountain for each other, they understand each other perfectly, they are very motivated, they are very good children. But, unfortunately, their program leaves much to be desired in terms of difficulty. However, they are ready. Some have been ill with covid, some were injured, because they still have an adult program. We made it easier precisely so that they could do it in the composition in which they are now. They performed pretty well. But yesterday, by the way, their coaches wrote to me that they would not be responsible for their performance. Because their training was not compatible, first of all, with injuries. I made a decision that they will still perform, because they have been preparing so much … Otherwise, it would not be right. And it could hit their nerves so that they would take a very long time to recover. We talked and decided that they would perform. 

What is your opinion about the Italian and Bulgarian Team?

Italians, like us and refused to participate in the European Championship. The Bulgarians did not go with the group exercise either. A girl in Bulgaria immediately after Kiev fell ill, the judges fell ill, other children in different countries fell ill. I refused in July, I understood everything.  They gathered everyone and even asked if they could take gymnasts from one team and move them to another team. Everything is possibe!

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

An International Tournament, “Moscow Cup” will be held on December 17th. Some gymnasts will perform once again except for Arina and Dina. And the group will also perform. In February, if everything goes well, the Grand Prix of Moscow will be online.

Full Results of 3rd International Online Tournament

Irina Viner, winner of the prize “Coach of the Year”

Irina Viner-Usmanova, president of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, received the Prize of Russia prize in the “Coach of the Year” in Russia at a ceremony held by the Russian Ministry of Sports. The National Sports Award was founded by the government of the Russian Federation in 2010.

The winners are awarded with this title of laureate win a prize of 1 million rubles. Eleven people were nominated for this award. Team Russia did participate in the 2020 European Championships. European Championships of Kiev was not a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess. Russia was already qualified.

Lala Kramarenko

Source: TASS Agency

Irina Viner Usmanova about the decision for not signing up at European Championships


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Irina Viner-Usmanova

39 countries already have signed up for European Championships 2020 in Kiev, Ukraine.

The surprising fact is that team Russia did not sign up for this event, that is scheduled from 26 to 29 November 2020 in Kiev. A final decision, due to the global health crisis, will be taken on 28 September. European Championships of Kiev is a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess. Russia was already qualified.

The president of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation said that “the conditions presented by the event organizers are unacceptable”. Those are, that the sportswomen and sportsmen have to be in quarantine before the event.

Irina Viner Usmanova also mention that the cancellation probability of the Championships is very high, due to the Health Worldwide situation. Another reason is the diplomatic tense relationship between Russia and Ukraine.


“We don’t have direct flights from Russia to Ukraine right now. We also could have the posibility of isolation in the middle of our trip. Due to this situation, I don’t want to endanger our Team, since we are already qualified for Olympic Games”

The UEG will confirm the final decision at the end of September.

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Daria Trubnikova (RUS)


Lala Kramarenko (RUS)



Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)



Over the Limit: Margarita Mamun’s documentary


Margarita Mamun (RUS)

“Over the Limit” is about the story of Margarita Mamun, the Olympic Champion in 2016. This documentary paints an intimate portrait of a gymnast who can only reach success in her career if she gives up everything else. Its director is Marta Prus, a young film director from Poland. She was a gymnast and a ballerina. She also studied contemporary dance. Gymnastics became a part of her and that’s why she chose this sport as the main theme of the film.

“I wanted to make a film about Russian gymnasts because they’ve been unrivalled for years”

She was inspired both in rhythmic gymnastics and Russia.

“I grew up with a sense of Russia being a great country with limited freedoms. In Over the Limit, I wanted to talk about what freedom there is like today”.


Irina Viner- Usmanova

Irina Viner-Usmanova is the head coach of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Russia. Currently, she is married to a billionare man in Russia. Marta Prus, met Irina Viner during Moscow Grand Prix in 2013. Viner wasn’t interested in talking to the director, not to mention being filmed. A week later, Marta travelled to the Novogorsk training centre for Olympic athletes in a suburb of Moscow. Prus lied to the soldier in the badge and told him she had a meeting with Viner.

She tried to convince Irina at Novogorsk but she was adamant. Irina Viner yelled at the woman that let “the stranger” walk in the hall. In that moment, Marta knew then that she would make this movie. After some competitions following Irina, she let this project start.

“Gymnasts in Russia are stars, wearing Gucci and riding in expensive cars. They’re worshipped in Russia, living a celebrity life of luxury and fame.”

A few scenes into the film, were interrupted after Irina Usmanova first watched it. She was upset because she was filmed telling a gymnast she was a piece of shit. But it was already too late. It was censored in Russia with “beep sounds” but in Amsterdam, it was screened without any censorship.

This short film named Marta Prus one of the ‘10 Europeans to watch in 2018’.


Source: Culture Poland. Translated from Polish by WK.



Irina Viner-Usmanova Interview for HELLO! Magazine


Irina Viner-Usmanova, president of Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation in Russia and first coach of Russian National team gave an interview for HELLO! Magazine. In this interview she talked about her gymnasts, her work and her personal life.

“I am used to travel a lot.  That’s why I really appreciate my home. The feeling of  “this is my bed, this is my pillow, taking a bath”. And also, that I really miss my mom when I am traveling ”

I always say what I think

“Before each competition my gymnasts applied to Kabbalah icons. At the Olympics in London, we also, of course, we did. Each competition day at the Olympics we used to do this.”


“I always say what I think. My gymnasts are all smart and really hardworkers”

“I always had a lot of work – fees, competitions. I am in a good economical position thanks also to my husband.

My gymnasts are smart and hardworkers

I say to my husband “you are a genius, you are great!” I always knew he is a fantastic person”



Source: HELLO! Russia
All photographs belong to HELLO! Russia

Russian National Team 2013

Irina viner new team

Moscow Grand Prix always generates a big expectation. Everybody can’t wait to see Russian Star’s new routines.

The New Group

Ulyana Donskova and Karolina Sevastyanova retired after Olympics. Many girls were candidates to become members, such as Ralina Rakipova (who was European Champion with junior group) and Diana Borisova (who was also European Champion with the junior team).

The new group is compounded finally by Alina Makarenko, Kseniya Dudkina, Anastasiya Nazarenko, Olga Ilina, Anastasiya Bliznyuk and Anastasiya Maximova. This last gymnast joined the team in 2009, but she left in 2010. After this, she was still training in Nizhny-Novgorod and also competing in national competitions (group routines). Ralina  Rakipova will be one of the reserve gymnasts.

The new group is compounded finally by Alina Makarenko, Kseniya Dudkina, Anastasiya Nazarenko, Olga Ilina, Anastasiya Bliznyuk and Anastasiya Maximova.

The New individual team

In spite of being the oldest gymnast of the team, Darya Dmitrieva will not be for the moment, Team Russia’s first gymnast. This way Irina Viner announced Dasha won’t be competing until she recovers from a leg injury.

The new team is very young. These were the girls selected: Margarita Mamun, Anna Trubnikova, Maria Titova, Darya Svatkovskaya, Elizaveta Nazarenkova and Alexandra Merkulova.

Other individual gymnasts will compete under Russian flag in international competitions: Yana Kudryavtseva, , Diana Borisova, Natalya Bulychyova, Yulia Sinitsina (Moscow), Ekaterina Selezneva (Pushkino), Ekaterina Chukalina (Dmitrov)…

New Coaches

New coaches joining the team will be Oksana Skaldina and Dinara Gimatova.


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 irina viner anuncio los componentes

El Grand Prix de Moscú siempre causa gran expectación. Todos esperan con ansia ver los nuevos ejercicios de las estrellas rusas de la gimnasia.

El nuevo conjunto.

Ulyana Donskova y Karolina Sevastyanova, ganadoras de oro en Londres, decidieron retirarse tras los Juegos Olímpicos. Muchas gimnastas fueron candidatas para formar parte del equipo como Ralina Rakipova (la cual fue campeona de Europa con el conjunto junior) o Diana Borisova (la cual también fue campeona de Europa con el equipo junior).

Finalmente el Nuevo grupo está formado por Alina Makarenko, Kseniya Dudkina, Anastasiya Nazarenko, Olga Ilina, Anastasiya Bliznyuk y Anastasia Maximova. Esta última gimnasta, formó parte del equipo desde el año 2009, aunque posteriormente, en el año 2010 dejó de estar dentro de la selección. Sin embargo, ella siguió compitiendo y entrenando como gimnasta de conjunto en Nizhny-Novgorod. Ralina Rakipova es la séptima gimnasta del conjunto.

Las nuevas gimnastas individuales.

A pesar de ser la gimnasta más veterana del equipo, Darya Dmitrieva no va a formar parte de él. De esta manera, anuncio Irina Viner que Dasha no competirá hasta que se recupere de su lesión.

El nuevo equipo es muy joven. Está formado por: Margarita Mamun, Anna Trubnikova, Maria Titova, Darya Svatkovskaya, Elizaveta Nazarenkova y Alexandra Merkulova.

El nuevo equipo es muy joven. Está formado por: Margarita Mamun, Anna Trubnikova, Maria Titova, Darya Svatkovskaya, Elizaveta Nazarenkova y Alexandra Merkulova.

Otras gimnastas individuales que competirán representando a Rusia en diversas competiciones internacionales serán: Yana Kudryavtseva, Diana Borisova, Natalya Bulycheva (Bulychyova), Yulia Sinitsina (Moscú), Ekaterina Selezneva (Seleznyova) de Pushkino, Ekaterina Chukalina (Dmitrov), entre otras.

Nuevas entrenadoras

Las nuevas entrenadoras que se unen al equipo son Oksana Skaldina y Dinara Gimatova.