Olympian Alejandra Quereda has been appointed today as the new National Head Coach in groups. Quereda already leads Spanish individual Team as a Head coach since 2018. The Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation (RFEG) has been working for several months in this sports project, that will be showed up in the upcoming days.
Alejandra Quereda competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games in Brazil where she was member of the Spanish group that won silver medal in group-all around. The new long-term project will start with the first objective of building a competitive team for the World Championship (qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games), which will be held in the city of Valencia in 2023.
Spanish Senior Group in 2012
Thus, Anna Baranova, who was until now the National Head Coach for the last decade, is no longer part of the RFEG. Anna Baranova was born in Belarus and has a long career as an international coach. Nowadays she is living in Madrid, Spain.
She has held the position of National Head coach in two stages: the first from 2004 to 2008, and the second from 2011 to 2020. She also had the help of Sara Bayón as coach. In this period, the Spanish team has achieved among other achievements proclaiming itself Olympic Silver Champions in Rio 2016, two-time World Champions in 10 clubs (Kiev 2013 and Izmir 2014), the World bronze in the All-Around Competition of Stuttgart 2015 and 4th place at the 2012 London Olympics.
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.