2016 Kazan Championship: Russia’s elite exhibitions

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The Kazan Championship, competition reserved to junior gymnasts, was also the first official release of russian elite gymnasts (Alexandra Soldatova, Ekaterina Selezneva, Arina and Dina Averina, etc..) and of the group, who welcomed back olympic champion Anastasia Bliznyuk.

There was the expectation of seeing world champion Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun but finally they didn’t exhibite, delaying their first appearance to Moscow Grand Prix (20-22 February).

The junior competition was leaded by Alina Ermolova (66.465) followed by Polina Smatko (66.383) and Maria Sergeeva (66.083) find the complete results here.

Curiosity: Russian group exhibited 3 times in 5 ribbons routine showing every time a different music cut. The first part of their routine is a samba music tribute to Rio de Janeiro, while for the second they used 2 different version of “Those were the days” and as 3rd version a “Kallinka”. Following the article you’ll find all the different exercises with their musics, which is you favorite version?

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Russia’s 5 ribbons on 1st version of “Those were the days”, find the original music here.

Russia’s 5 ribbons on 2nd version of “Those were the days”, find the original music here.

Russia’s 5 ribbon on “Kallinka”