Russian Championship in group in Kazan, 28-3 Oct 2016

Russian Championship in rhythmic gymnastics in group exercises
29-30 October 2016 will be held in Kazan Russian Cup in rhythmic gymnastics in group exercises. The competition will be attended by athletes from 30 regions of Russia from Murmansk to Khabarovsk Territory, including top teams from Moscow, Omsk Region, Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Ulyanovsk Region, the Penza region, Volgograd region, St. Petersburg, Rostov Region, the Belgorod Region and the Republic of Tatarstan.

Official website: click here
Program: click here  Continue reading

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The FIG enters a new cycle with Morinari Watanabe as President

article link: The FIG enters a new cycle with Morinari Watanabe as President

Morinari Watanabe (JPN) was named as the next President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Wednesday after a landslide election victory at the FIG Congress in Tokyo.

Mr Watanabe, 57, currently Secretary General of the Japan Gymnastics Association and an FIG Executive Committee member, will take up his new position on January 1, 2017, Continue reading

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Irina Viner-Usmanova’s rhythmic gymnastics centre

Irina Viner’s RG centre,
Introduction quote from the official website:
“Our Gymnastics Centre was created by the unbeaten coach Mrs Irina A. Viner-Usmanova and bears her name. Irina A. Viner-Usmanova is now the President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, Head Coach of the National R. G. Team, Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation, Prof. Dr. of Pedagogical Sciences and one of the most respected persons in world sport. Modern rhythmic gymnastics is being promoted under the influence of her personality and among her gymnasts are Champions and Medalists of 6 Olympiads!

Official website: centerviner (RU/EN)  Continue reading

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Zhenya leads Squad Camp at Lake Placid, USA, 17-30 Sep 2016

Zhenya leads Squad Camp at Lake Placid, USA, from 17 to 30 Sep 2016,  including different ages and scheduled  in different days. (according to the information I got Zhenya will stay there till 30 Sep)
The report about the young squad camp: click here 

The inaugural Young Squad Camp took place at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center, September 17-21, 2016. Sixteen talented gymnasts born 2007-2009 were invited to attend this selective camp, based on their abilities and performances at the Open Championships last May.

The Young Squad staff included 2-time Olympic Champion Evgeniya Kanaeva, Galina Burns, Continue reading

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Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – Rules and qualifications

FIG published the qualification system for Tokyo 2020 few months ago. the Test Event as the qualifying 2nd stage will be eliminated in the next Olympiad. Instead, it will be determined by the overall results of the World Cup Series 2020.

The 2019 World Championships still remain the major qualifying event. Additional Olympic participation rights are constrained again with the current restrictions of NOCs having qualified at least 1 berth (i.e. a NOC with 1 berth cannot win another berth).

Please read the World Cup Series 2017-2020 rules here,

During the Olympic cycle 2017 – 2020, there will be one Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series every year, with four events each, taking place between February and April. The results of the 3 best results out of 4 are taken into consideration. The World Cup Series 2020 will be qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games (for Individual gymnasts only).

In the 2020 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series a separate Olympic Qualification Ranking list will be established and give the opportunity to earn three Olympic qualification places. Continue reading

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Coach Vera Shtelbaums raised up champions to whom young gymnasts from Omsk want to be equal

Original article link: click here
English translated by Alyona and catts! Billion Billion Thanks!!!!!!

Victories of our rhythmic gymnasts on various championships attract big number of children to sports. The names of the gymnasts raised up by Vera Shtelbaums are known not only by the followers of the rhythmic gymnastics but also by the people who are not interested in this sport. Nowadays Vera Shtelbaums has been coaching a new candidate for high achievements – Maria Titova. Although Masha is not from Omsk, she is quite capable of continuing the triumph of Russian gymnasts on the world arena.
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Evgenia Kanaeva: and mom, no matter what, would not love me less …(7th March 2013)

Evgenia Kanaeva-interview with
Posted at on 07/03/2013
Author (in Russian): Anatoly Samokhvalov & Andrei Simonenko

English edition was translated and edited by catts and Alyona, MANY MANY THANKSSSS!!!!

Gymnast Kanaeva, winner of ‘the most success athletes in 2012’ ranking organized by the agency “R-Sport”, refused to define the best one. She wished the impossible – grant every competitor the first place. In an interview with “R-Sport”’s Anatoly Samokhvalova and Andrei Symonenko, the double Olympic champion talked about the fan from Taiwan (Note by Zoe: means me hahaha😀 ❤), a sincere smile and eating chocolate  behind the coach’s back… Continue reading

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Evgenia Kanaeva: Everything I did, I did it with love for people (exclusive interview from Zhenya Kanaeva Gymnasium)

Evgenia Kanaeva-Ribbob-AA final-London 2012 by Perlle - Photographie

I have no words!!! about two months ago, I asked Zhenya’s mom Svetlana: May I do an e-mail interview with Zhenya? I am not belong to any media, so I only have little confidence that they will say yes. But Svetlana accepted my request without any hesitate!  So I with my friends: Alyona, catts, Ekaterina and Fanny worked together to discuss the questions. Special thanks to Fanny, she wrote most of the questions. There were many things in these two months and Zhenya has been very busy, but finally She answered our questions and sent it to me last night via Svetlana’s help. Big Big Thanks Zhenya and Svetlana!!! I love both of them ♥ ♥ ♥ And also thanks my friends: Alyona, catts, Ekaterina, and Fanny for working with me to do this project. We DID IT!!!!!!!!! This interview is well deserved to read! Zhenya has never such opened in an interview before…

Here you are the exclusive interview from ZKG, in English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Italian. All are in pdf format.

English translated by Ekaterina, Spanish by Gaby, Italian by Anita and Chinese by Zoe

ENG-WP-Zhenya interview for ZKG-Everything I did I did it with love for people

RUS-WP-Zhenya interview for ZKG-Everything I did Idid it with love for people

CHN-WP-Zhenya interview for ZKG-Everything I did I did it with love for people

ESP-WP-Zhenya interview forZKG-Everything I did I did it with love for people

ITA-WP-Zhenya interview for ZKG-Everything I did I did it with love for people

BTW, Zhenya RG career recap by FIG, published on 8th-Jan-2013,10869,5187-187975-19728-49291-317645-20935-5233-layout210-205197-news-item,00.html

Evgenia Kanaeva-Ball-AA Final-WCH Montpellier 2011-FIG

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There is no better one-Zoe at London 2012-English version

(It’s just a surprised!!! I saw myself hugging and kissing Zhenya at the end of this video!!! outside Wembley Arena-12th-Aug-2012, 0:34-0:42 can see me and Svetlana and in the end😄. Big Thanks the recorder!!! Now with this video, this trip is even more perfect for me!!!😀 )

written by Zoe Wan based on my Chinese version:
There is no better one-Zoe @London 2012
sorry for my poor English.


Since the great experience in WCH Montpellier last year (impression please check here: Not Perfect but Happy Ending (the magic week in Montpellier )-English Version) I had been thinking to watch Olympics London. I really hope that I can witness Zhenya to make history, becoming the first gymnast to win two Olympic gold medals in individual all around in RG. And RG fans all know she has great chance to achieve it. Moreover, I have been thinking if I don’t go this time, then it’s difficult for me to see her performing live in the future. Because I can’t make decision, I missed the chance to buy OG tickets by legal way. The on-line ticket system is only for the residents of UK and some designated European countries. People who live in other places have to buy ticket from official agents. In Taiwan, I only can buy tickets in Winner express co., when I called them to ask for tickets, the tickets had sold out. But I didn’t give up, I tried to find tickets on eBay, and finally I got one AA final ticket. I want to see qualification too, but not many time left for me, I thought I can buy the qualification tickets when I am in London. Although there were no tickets left in normal ways, I believed I can get the tickets definitely! Continue reading

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“Young gymnasts – 2016” in St. Petersburg, 06-09 Oct

06-09 Oct., “Young gymnasts-2016” will be held in St. Petersburg. Competitions are under the new rules FIG 2017-2020 and for the girls born in 2004-2005 (Individual and group exercise program).

Official Website: “Young gymnasts – 2016” in Saint-Petersburg
Start Lists: click here 
Program: click here
Program of All-Russian contest “Young gymnasts” 04-10 October 2016, St. Petersburg

October 04, Tuesday – the day of arrival, the admission fee (from 10:00 to 16:00), training

Group exercise – testing the primary site Continue reading

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UEG changes Rhythmic Gymnastics competition formats starting in 2017

31st European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships - Minsk/BLR, May 1-3, 2015

31st European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships –
Minsk/BLR, May 1-3, 2015

27 Sep, 2016
news from UEG ! link here

European Championships are held annually but the format is different between the pair and impair years. The Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee, led by its President, Heide Bruneder (AUT) proposed some significant changes to the programme. This was approved by the UEG’s Executive Committee last weekend and will go in force on 1st January 2017.

Here’s an overview of the new competition formats!

Impair years

The team competition will change from only senior gymnasts to a combination of the junior group and the senior individuals.

On day 1 the seniors (2 to 3 per team for 8 exercises) perform 4 exercises with two apparatuswhile the junior group show their first performance. This combined result will determine the starting order on day 2, where the seniors competed with the other 2 apparatus (4 exercises)again and the juniors show their second group exercise. Continue reading

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Video Translation: Boryana Kaleyn – new hope for BUL rhythmic gymnastics


Many Many Thanks Alexandra Grashkina-Hristov for the translation!!!!

“Boryana, now 16, started training at age 6 because she was a very energetic child who “ran around and broke everything.” From a way to spend energy, gymnastics became her lifelong love. What she loves the most about gymnastics is that “it builds character.” Her favorite apparatus is rope, which, unfortunately, is no longer part of the senior program for individuals, but she still likes it. She finds the ribbon the most difficult apparatus. She also has other hobbies like reading and painting. She believes that to succeed in gymnastics you have to be be expressive. “You can’t just perform with an empty look in your eyes and expect the judges to be impressed.” Her first large event was a tournament that accompanied a world cup competition in 2013. She was very excited to perform alongside very famous gymnasts. Unfortunately, she broke her legs and was recovering for 8 months; during that time she kept training with her cast on. “Unlike everyone around me, I took this very calmly and thought that it is temporary; it will just pass.” She says that her biggest challenge is “being stubborn” and “thinking I know more than the coach, which is just not true.”

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Grand Prix Eilat (ISR) 2016, 23-24 Sep

AA Podium-GP Eilat 2016

AA Top 3: 1. Aleksandra Soldatova 2. Dina Averina 3. Arina Averina, Grand Prix Eilat 2016

21-25, Sep for the first time- Eilat, the Israeli most attractive vacation city, will host the RG Grand Prix competition! The event will be taken place in the new Ice mall and will be open to the public. This is the final stage of the Grand Prix series 2016. International tournament also will be held for seniors and juniors. Gymnasts from 14 countries. Israel will present Victoria Veinberg-Filanovsky and Lina Ashram. Among the guests of the competition from Russia claimed Aleksandra Soldatova, Arina Averina and Dina Averina, from Ukraine Ganna Rizatdinova. The host federation organized a total amount of 18,000 euros in prizes. Grand Prix winner will receive a prize At 10,000 euros from international organizations Grand Prix. Good luck to all the gymnasts and the organizers!

FIG Event Page

Official Website
Facebook Page
Live Stream: (finals only)
Participants: (detailed information pls wait)
Grand Prix: 
ISR: Linoy Ashram, Victoria Veinberg-Filanovsky
RUS: Arina Averina, Dina Averina, Aleksandra Soldatova
UKR: Viktoria Mazur
and more…
International Tournament:  Continue reading

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The show “Alexei Nemov and Legends of Sports” (16 Sep, 2016)


September 16 in Moscow at the Sports Palace “Megasport” an unique show will be held, four-time Olympic champion gymnast Alexei Nemov, who will present a new program with the participation of stars of the Russian gymnastics last 20 years. The production of “Legends of Sport”, which has no analogues in the world, will bring together stars of world sport and rhythmic gymnastics, complicated acrobatics, acrobatic rock ‘n’ roll, a trampoline, the latest stage technology and spectacular circus acts. Continue reading

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Bulgarian Rhythmics Gymnastics Athlete, Tsvetelina Stoyanova Leaves Hospital after Balcony Incident

News link:

Tsvetelina Stoyanova, a Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics athlete who suffered numerous injuries after falling off a balcony, has already departed from the Pirogov Hospital in Sofia, the medical institution has said.

Stoyanova underwent a number of surgical interventions – which doctors say were successful – over more than two months she spent at the hospital.  Continue reading

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