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Thiais Grand Prix 2018: Ukrainian gymnasts make their chance during finals

Vlada Nikolchenko training in Thiais, photo by Ulrich Fasbender

The Averina twins are back on top of the world during sunday’s Thiais Grand Prix event finals (Dina takes gold with ball and ribbon, while Arina is gold medalist with clubs). But the gold with hoop is left to Vlada Nikolchenko. Continue reading Thiais Grand Prix 2018: Ukrainian gymnasts make their chance during finals

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

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