World Cup Minsk 2017 All-Around Results

Just a few weeks before World Championships, Minsk, Belarus hosts one of the most competitives World Cup Challenge of the season. Local gymnasts, Katsiaryna Halkina and Alina Harnasko showed that they were on top since they reached silver and bronze medal.

The gold went for Aleksandra Soldatova, who was back after she couldn’t be seen in competitions since European Championships in May.


Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

On the other hand, Italian Group got gold in All-Around with two gorgeous routines showing up that they were audience’s favorites.


Interview to Alexandra Soldatova


Aleksandra Soldatova is a rhythmic gymnast from Russia. “Sasha” is the 2016 National  All-around champion, World and European Team Champion. Her situation right now is on controversy since Dina and Arina Averina were chosen by Irina Viner to compete in World Championships in Pesaro.

How did you start doing gymnastics?

We used to live in Ufa (Russia). My brother, who is 2 years older than me, did artistic gymnastics. Then, he moved to Pushkino. My mum wanted him to do gymnastics. In Pushkino, they also had a school of Rhythmic Gymnastics and there, I started to do it. I loved it since I started doing it.

How can you deal with stress before competitions?

I put myself in all stressful situations during trainings. For example, I execute all risks, masteries and verify all the elements in the routine. To all the gymnasts who are scared of competition I use to say: “work on it during trainings and then, you will realize that you will be more confident with yourself”.

Do you have any routine to be calm before competitions?

No, I don’t. The confidence comes with the experience.

Which is the most exotic thing you have tried?

I don’t remember… Maybe in Japan, it is a realy exotic culture for us. But I travel because of gymnastics and the only places I can see during this trips are hotel and gym.

Is there a country where you really would like to come back?

I haven’t fallen in love with any of the countries I have been to… But I love the ocean. I have been in Brazil and USA, but I didn’t have the chance to go into the beach

Sasha, what is your favorite colour?

Yellow. It has always been. It is a warm colour.

Have you always been that flexible?

Of course I had to strenght my muscles up, but my nature is to be flexible. I have flexible joints: knees and elbows.

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Have you ever had the thought of stop doing gymnastics?

No, I have never. N-E-V-E-R. Of course there are a lot of difficult moments, but I really don’t want to think to quit.

Do you often cry during trainings?

No, it is very rare for me to cry during trainings. Honestly, I don’t remember.

How do you choose your musics?

This is a long proccess. It is very difficult to find a music that you like.

Would you like to become a coach?

First of all I would like to do masterclasses but about a coaching career, well, I don’t see myself as a coach.

Who is your favorite Junior gymnast?

Sometimes I train with Anna Sokolova and perhaps she could be my favorite. Then, Lala Kramarenko and Polina Shmatk when she is training maximum

Do you diet?

All the gymnasts in Novogorsk (National Training Center) have tried tons of diets. I tried to eat just once a day but I couldn’t. I have even work with a nutritionist. The secret is to eat healthy and very often (4-5 times a day). I don’t eat sweets, but when I was in Croatia I could not diet and I ate pizza, ice-cream…I drink only water and I don’t eat fried things.

How do you deal when the scores are not as good as you think they would be?

The first part of the last season I didn’t win almost anything. These moments were really hard. I trained a lot, worked out…I had a lot of negative emotions and that even helped me to work harder.

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How many hours do you train in a day?

It depends on which part of the season we are. But in general terms, we train from 8 am to 1 pm during the morning and then from 3 pm to 6 or 7 pm in the afternoon.

Do you have a boyfriend?


Which is your favorite leotard?

I really like the last one that Art-Blesk did for me (beige) but unfortunatly it doesn’t fit my routines at all. Another one that I really like is the black one I used last year for “Mama” (ball routine).




Sasha’s favorite leotard

Sports Muscle Analysis: starring Spanish Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Team


What is an athlete true physical state before competing? “The techrace” muscular analysis reveals all.

Prior to any important competition it is essential to know athlete’s physical state. This information could help coaches to provide them information about the athlete’s needs and of course, to prevent injuries. The Spanish Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics team carried out this test just two months before Olympic Games in Rio, where they won Silver medal.

“It is very difficult to guess in which physical state we are. We could have sensations: sometimes we could feel tired and with pain” – Alejandra Quereda (ESP)

At the University of Castilla La Mancha in Toledo, the Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior Group were ready to go under four specific tests in preparation for Olympic Games. This tests are really important to know how athletes (physically) 60 days before Olympic Games. The first test which is called “Dexa” indicates the muscle, fat and water within the body. The next step, focuses on coordination, visual awareness and reaction speed. All is esential to reach the most complicated choreographies.

The third test, TMG, helps to prevent injuries since it says in which condition the muscle is. The fourth test, the jump test which allows coaches to see the explosive force.  They can measure the vertical force, velocity, jump height and power.

Rhythmic Gymnastics combines elements of ballet and gymnastics. Group competition was incorporated in 1996 (Olympic Games Atlanta). But during Olympic Games not everything comes down to the condition of the body. The mind also plays a crucial role.

Source: Olympic  Channel

Information about The World Games 2017 Wroclaw

Combining the elegance of the ballet with the drama of the theatre, Rhythmic Gymnastics bursts with glamour, blurring the boundaries between sport and art. Rhythmic gymnasts strive to enchant judges and audiences with the polish of their exercises while executing enormously difficult maneuvers with one of four handheld apparatus: the Hoop, Ball, pair of Clubs and Ribbon.

See below the provisional schedule and the countries who will participate in this competition.








Olympic Champion Alina Kabaeva: FIG Ambassador for World Championships Pesaro 2017


Alina Kabaeva, European Championships Granada 2002

Olympic Champion Alina Kabaeva will be the first FIG Ambassador for World Championships, that will be in held in Pesaro, Italy this summer. Since this year, the International Gymnastics Federation will elect honorary envoys of the sport for every World Cup.

The mission of the “Ambassador of Gymnastics” is to popularize and promote the sport at the international level. In addition, FIG Ambassador will take part in the medal ceremony , its press conference and other public events. The World Championships will be held in Pesaro (Italy) on August 30 – September 3, 2017.


International Trophy City of Barcelona 2017 Results


Natalia García from Spain conquers gold with a really regular competition, just ahead Bulgarian Champion, Neviana Vladinova and Victoria Veinberg-Filanovsky from Israel.

1 . Natalia García ESP

2. Neviana Vladinova BUL

3. Victoria Veinberg-Filanovsky ISR

4. Katsiaryna Halkina BLR

5. Irina Annenkova RUS

6. Karina Kuznetsova RUS

7. Kseniya Moustafaeva FRA

8. Alexandra Agiurgiuculese ITA

9. Mariya Pavlova RUS

10. Polina Berezina ESP

11. Ana Luiza Filiouranu ROU

12. Olena Dyachenko UKR

13. Alba Sarrias ESP



Natalia García ESP