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Can Ukraine stop its downward slide? 

Rhythmic gymnastics of Ukraine is in a difficult period, that’s pretty obvious. If you got to see the likes of Ekaterina Serebrianskaya, Elena Vitrichenko, Anna Bessonova or Anna Rizatdinova, you left the World Championships in Pesaro with an Ukraine-shaped hollow spot. Something was missing. A Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast from the individual apparatus finals.  Continue reading Can Ukraine stop its downward slide? 

Touch the fans with your art – on the retirement of Viktoria Mazur

Viktoria Mazur with fans in a Pesaro restaurant after the 2017 World Championships (Photo: Gergely Marosi)

It’s Sunday night, Ristorante Moletto in Pesaro on the seafront is bustling with people. We are sitting in a corner, the Ukrainian RG team occupies a much larger table. It’s quiet until the fans inside notice Viktoria Mazur. Continue reading Touch the fans with your art – on the retirement of Viktoria Mazur

Sankovich, Halkina and Slanchevskaya: The victory over pain

Ksenya Sankovich, Katsyarina Halkina

After Melitina Staniouta Onliner.by published an interview with three special gymnasts from the Belarus National team. Original article written by Alexander Chernukho, photos by Alexander Ruzhechka.

Polina has been a rhythmic gymnast for six years, but she still has to begin her senior career. Katya is 20, and she is an international master of sports. Ksenia – Olympic medalist in Beijing and London, and Honored Master of Sports – completed her career four years ago and is now raising her daughter. Three generations of gymnasts, three stories of victory over themselves.

Continue reading Sankovich, Halkina and Slanchevskaya: The victory over pain

One big transition and 6 things from Pesaro

Pesaro World Championships

In a certain way nothing has really changed at the 35th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Russia still reigns supreme – since 2002 the Russian Federation always topped the medal table.  Continue reading One big transition and 6 things from Pesaro

Dina Averina crowned queen of Pesaro

Dina Averina
Dina Averina and Irina Viner after the last routine of the AA. Photo by Ulrich Fasbender

Pesaro 01 September, Dina is the indisputable queen of the Adriatic Arena during the all around final. Her twin sister Arina is silver medalist while Linoy Ashram grant the third world medal and first of the all around for Israel. Continue reading Dina Averina crowned queen of Pesaro

Aleksandra Soldatova, portrait of a declining queen

Aleksandra Soldatova
Aleksandra Soldatova at the 33rd European Championship in Budapest

It’s time to talk about Aleksandra Soldatova.

The last time I’ve seen her in person was in the mixed zone of the European Championships in Budapest, where she promptly said she’s in no mood for interviews and left. A disappointed, shaken, beautiful, queenly figure. Continue reading Aleksandra Soldatova, portrait of a declining queen

Sharing the love for Rhythmic Gymnastics ~ by Anita

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