Natalia Garcia opens up about her gymnastics career

Natalia Garcia (ESP)

Natalia Garcia Timofeeva is a Spanish rhythmic gymnast who was born in Barcelona but her roots are Russian. Natalia Garcia and Polina Berezina were the gymnasts selected by Spanish National Federation to represent Spain in the World Cup Series. They mission was get a spot for Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was not possible.

Both Polina and Natalia declared that they were in the last months training non-stop. This season was really hard.

“I think I would not repeat this in my whole life. It was really hard for me. I don’t wish this to anyone. You can’t image how difficult this path to Olympics was. I tried to be on my best physical condition for European Championships. The day after the EC, I couldn’t even move, I was in too much pain. In my case, I needed to show that I was on top, many gymnasts were fighting to represent Spain in the international competitions.”

Natalia suffered from a few injuries during her gymnastics career. For the last years, she needed to adapt her trainings and warm-ups and decrease the level of her daily trainings. She underwent twice surgery (double hip) in 2017. After this, she got injured again.

I felt really alone. In the past, I had a team working for me and now, I don’t. My whole team suddenly changed. That’s why I use social media to promote and publish brands, because of money. I lived alone in Barcelona, my family lives in French Guyana, really far from me. My parents could not help me so I have learned to get by rathen than how to work, simply making a living.

I describe myself as a fighter.

“It is really easy to give opinions of an athlete, but the only ones that know the truth are family, coaches and team. People on social media was quite mean to me. Instagram is not my real life, it is just a tool to publish the best of yourself and what you really want to show of your privacy. I just use this app to get money”

Natalia spent last year some months in Russia for improve their exercises. My mother and grandmother were successful sportswomen in Russia and helped me to train with great coaches from this country. We were working from them since 2018. They are Ekaterina Pankova and Ekaterina Dementyeva.

Ekaterina Pankova was focused on her daily work and Dementyeva on her artistic exercises and choreographies. Monica Viñals, who was also her first coach, is now working with Natalia.

Natalia also designs her own leotards.

I am inspired of high couture designs or even dresses that I see on the red carpet. Then, I speak with the people that is going to sew it and my coaches, who advise me.”

Natalia Garcia wants to retire this year and wants to finish her gymnastics career in Spain.

“I feel really tired and I think my body needs to stop doing rhythmic gymnastics. Anyway I plan to do masterclasses and I have many projects related to rhythmic gymnastics.”

Source: Podcast on Spotify “La Zancada”

Interview to Natalia Garcia Timofeeva


Natalia García (ESP)

Natalia Garcia has been for 9 years one of the most important Rhythmic Gymnast in Spain and now, she is fighting for the qualification to Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. In April 2020, four individual gymnasts could have the chance to qualify to Olympics in four different World Cup Competitions. In addition, another European gymnast, could also qualify in the next European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

This is my last opportunity. In case I could compete in Tokyo, this would be for sure my last competition. I have been a gymnast for years and after Olympic Games is the best time to finish my career as a gymnast.

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Natalia García 8ESP)

“I train between six and eight hours a day: we go to the gym, we have ballet and stretching sessions and also we practice with hoop, ball, ribbon and clubs. For the next season our coach and I were focusing about a new clubs exercise, but we are also thinking about a new ribbon routine.”


Natalia Garcia

Natalia García (ESP)

She performs elements that are quite rare elements and this is because of her charisma. She wants to attract attention from the judges and of course, the audience. In 2017 she underwent surgery (hip injury) and she had to stop doing gymnast for almost a year.  Now she feels ready for the new season.


Natalia García (ESP)


Grand Prix Marbella 2018 All-Around Photos (II)


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Nastassia Generalova (USA)


Lourdes Mohedano (ESP)


Lourdes Mohedano (ESP)


Lourdes Mohedano (ESP)


Natalia García (ESP)


Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)


Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)


Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)


Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)


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Natalia Garcia (ESP)


Natalia Garcia (ESP)


Natalia Garcia (ESP)


Natalia García (ESP)

Interview to Natalia García


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                      Photo by Alberto López

Natalia García Timofeeva is an individual senior gymnast from Spain. Right now she is the second gymnast of the team, just behind Carolina Rodríguez. Natalia is training in Sant Cugat (where Almudena Cid did) with her coaches Toni and Iratxe since she was 9 years old.

“Almudena Cid is an icon for me. When they invited me to train with her I didn’t realize how great she was”

Natalia García was a star during last World Cup that was held in Guadalajara, Spain:

“When I compete in Spain I feel that I really need to do it well. It is difficult to deal with the tension. My execution is mechanic. I don’t need to think. If I think in a different thing, then it is when the error comes.”

“How can I describe myself? I think that I am a different gymnast. I can say that my elements are quite rare and this is because of my charisma. I want to attract attention from the judges and of course, the audience.”


Interview to Natalia García Timofeeva: Izmir 2014

Spanish successful gymnast, Natalia García, will represent her country with Carolina Rodríguez and Sara Llana. Natalia will compete from Monday to Thursday with 4 apparatus, one each day. She also is fighting to become one of the 24 top gymnast of the world.

“This season for me was not easy because I suffered from an injury at the beggining of the season that made me slow down my preparation. Right now, I feel very confident. I tried to do a smart training: short but efficient.”


“My main goal for this Championships is to place in top 24. I know this is not easy, because this year I am not as fit as I was last year, but I think I can made it”

“Last year was not easy for me: I had no sponsors at all and my family paid me the costs of the competitions. This year fortunatly the Federarion is helping me and I could find sponsors”

“I think I am a different gymnast. I do have flexibility but pivots are not my best elements. But my expresion, originalities and handling is good and I can do elements that no ody else is doing at this moment”

“After this World Championships I would like to rest, since I was training hard the whole summer. But my dream would become an Olympic Gymnast in Rio 2016”



The most beautiful portraits – back in time. Each professional picture instills feelings. Could you describe them?


Anna Bessonova (UKR) / World Championships Budapest 2003
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Olga Belova (RUS) / Grand Prix Berlin 2001
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Irina Tchachina (RUS) / World Championships Budapest 2003
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Alina Kabaeva (RUS) / European Championships Geneve 2001


Almudena Cid (ESP) and Liudmila Dmitrova / World Championships Budapest 2003
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Evgeniya Kanaeva and Daria Dmitrieva (RUS) / European Championships Minsk 2011
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Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)
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Natalia García (ESP)
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Inna Zhukova (BLR)/ Grand Prix Innsbruck 2002
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Liubov Cherkashina (BLR) /London Olympic Games 2012


Dominika Cervenkova (CZE) / World Championships Budapest 2003
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Almudena Cid /Jennifer Colino (ESP)
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Tamara Yerofeeva (UKR) / Grand Prix Innsbruck
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Svetlana Rudalova (BLR) / World Championships Budapest 2003
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Maria Titova (RUS) / Grand Prix Brno 2013
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Alina Maksymenko (UKR) / World Championships Kiev 2013
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Alina Kabaeva (RUS) / Deventer Grand Prix

Campeonato de Europa Viena: Horarios


 Martes 28 de mayo

  • Llegada de delegaciones

 Miércoles 29 de mayo

  • Entrenamientos oficiales, desde las 8:00 am

Jueves 30 de mayo

  • Entrenamientos oficiales, desde las 7:30 am

Viernes 31 de mayo

  • 10:00-12:00 Conjuntos junior (primer pase)
  • 14:00-16:30 Individual Senior – Competición I, Grupo C (aro y pelota)
  • 16:45-19:15 Individual Senior – Competición I, Grupo B (aro y pelota)
  • 19:15-19:45 Ceremonia de apertura
  • 20:00-22:00 Individual Senior – Competición I, Grupo A (aro y pelota)

Sábado 1 de junio 

  • 10:00-12:00 Conjuntos junior (segundo pase)
  • 12:15-12:45 Conjuntos junior – Entrega de medallas
  • 14:00-16:30 Individual Senior – Competición I, Grupo B (mazas y cinta)
  • 16:45-19:15 Individual Senior – Competición I, Grupo C (mazas y cinta)
  • 19:30-21:30 Individual Senior – Competición I, Grupo A (mazas y cinta)
  • 21:45-22:15 Competición senior – Entrega de medallas

 Domingo 2 de junio

  • 11:00 – 11:45 Conjuntos Junior – Final aparatos
  • 11:55 – 12:10 Conjuntos Junior – Entrega de medallas
  • 15:00 – 15:40 Individual Senior – Finales por apartos: Aro y Pelota
  • 15:55 – Individual Senior – Entrega de medallas (aro y pelota)
  • 16:05 – Individual Senior – Finales por aparatos: Mazas y cinta
  • 17:00 – Individual Senior – Entrega de medallas (mazas y cinta)
  • 17:15 – Gala y Ceremonia de clausura

* Los conjuntos tendrán además un entrenamiento oficial especial el Viernes día 31 de Mayo

Información sobre la delegación española:


  1. Carolina Rodríguez Ballesteros (Mazas, Cinta, Pelota y Aro)


2. Natalia García Timofeeva (Mazas, Pelota y Aro)


3. Eugenia Onopko Onopko (Cinta)


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Representantes CONJUNTO JUNIOR (5 aros):

  1. Paula Gómez
  2. Sara González
  3. Miriam Guerra
  4. Claudia Heredia
  5. Carmen Martínez
  6. Victoria Plaza


Miembros de la delegación:

Iratxe Aurrecoechea, Ruth Fernández, Yolanda Andrés, Mónica Ferrández y Camino Mateos.

El equipo español llegará a lo largo de la mañana del martes día 28 a Viena.