Over the Limit: Margarita Mamun’s documentary

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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”.

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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

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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.”

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“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”

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

Russian National Team 2013

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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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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.