Sofia’s airport was still bustling on Monday with gymnasts, slowly everyone headed home and it’s time to evaluate a 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. Very RG nerdy things follow. Thank you for the week, the hospitality and memories to Sofia, Bulgaria! What a ride it was!
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the rhythmic gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Guadalajara was memorable. Linoy Ashram recorded the biggest win of her career, Bulgaria showed its full power in groups, Russia has a question to decide and a lot of problems in group, plus we unfortunately saw one of the worse in-competition injuries lately.
If you are not familiar with rhythmic gymnastics, Marta Prus’ documentary, Over The Limit can be downright terrifying. If you are, it might be all too familiar and hitting way too close to home.
Dina Averina of Russia won a clear victory in the mistake-ridden individual all-around final at Thiais GP, but by far the best sight was Italy with its group.
The first signs of trouble came earlier this week and by the weekend we have the decision: the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) moved the rhythmic gymnastics European Championships of 2018 from Valladolid to Guadalajara.
The rhythmic gymnastics Olympics qualification system underwent major changes for the 2020 cycle and thanks to some digging in FIG’s documents we can see almost the whole picture. Continue reading The road to Tokyo: how rhythmic gymnasts qualify for the next Olympics
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?
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
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
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