Category Archives: Gymnasts

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

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

Wednesday Zoom: Yana Kudryavtseva and her magical ball routines

Yana Kudryavtseva in Rio Olympic Games 2016. Photo by Oleg Naumov.

Yana Kudryavtseva, the Angel with Iron Wings and queen of the past Olympic Cycle, will be always remembered not only as the youngest world champion but also as a revolutionary gymnast. This article is a throwback to Yana’s story with the apparatus that may be considered her best one: the ball.

Don’t forget to rate you favorite ball routine at the end of the post!  Continue reading Wednesday Zoom: Yana Kudryavtseva and her magical ball routines

Wednesday Zoom: Yulia Bravikova

Before entering in senior Russian team, Yulia Bravikova had to overcome many obstacles. Two surgeries and a serious injury that prevented her from competing to the Youth Olympic Games in 2014. Nevertheless Yulia  found her way back to the carpet and since January ’17, she’s competing under the guide of her new mentor, the former world champion Daria Kondakova. Continue reading Wednesday Zoom: Yulia Bravikova

Margarita Mamun, the Olympic dream

Margarita Mamun and Amina Zaripova after the ribbon routine

Interview made by Elena Sobol for Sport-Express.ru to Margarita Mamun during the moscow Grand Prix 2017, original article here.

The first time I saw Rita It was during Moscow Grand Prix 2013. Same place 4 years later, that’s where the interview took place, Mamun is here to cheer for her friends. I really wanted to make this interview as special as she is, to be able to describe her mixture of Bengali and Russian blood, her tenderness and passion, modesty and charm, kindness and light, and most importantly her genuine sincerity. But the first question, of course, was about her future plans for the new Olympic cycle. Continue reading Margarita Mamun, the Olympic dream

“You are already old in 22” Melitina Staniouta advise men not to dream about gymnasts

Melitina Stanoiuta (BLR)
Melitina Stanoiuta (BLR)

The original article was written by Nikita Melkozerov  for people.onliner.by find it here.

Melitina Staniouta flexible and charming is the most successful rhythmic gymnast of team Belarus, and she will soon represents her country at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Melita trains eight hours par day, and in the meanwhile she’s taking classes at the university, she acted in commercials, she loves reading books, from Harry Potter to Erich Maria Remarque, and she likes to go to the theater, place which made famous her great-grandmother Stephanie actress of the USSR . Continue reading “You are already old in 22” Melitina Staniouta advise men not to dream about gymnasts

Interview with Yana Kudryavtseva, Pesaro 2014

Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS)

Interview with Yana Kudryavtseva, the youngest world champion of rhythmic gymnastics. Original article was written in italian by Darina Yarish of  www.ioginnasta.com, many thanks to her!  Here the link, of the interview made at Pesaro World Cup.

Hi Yana, lately in Italy you’re very popular. So I wanted to write an article about you and tell your story, specially to let know to the young girls something more about their idol. Continue reading Interview with Yana Kudryavtseva, Pesaro 2014