Beauty, Art & Sport! The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 7

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Beauty, Art & Sport! The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 7

July 9, 2018

By Maria Petrova, TC-RG President







Wauw, the emotions ran high in Guadalajara …  What a great competition! And I can still feel the energy produced by the spectators, so loud and supportive of all gymnasts. The European Championships in Guadalajara were a very colourful competition with great results. For me, these have been the most emotional Europeans so far. Gracias Espana!

We are very proud too that with every year the number of participant countries is increasing progressively. This year we had a record of 40 countries participating!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my Technical Committee for their hard work and dedication, the judges who spend long days in the gym but always with a smile, the organisers who sorted out all of our issues and delivered a great event and, of course, also the gymnasts and their coaches for their fantastic performances!

All videos of the final and the full replays of qualifications have now been uploaded on UEG’s Youtube channel for you to enjoy again … and again.

The Technical Committee has the intention to simplify the competition format and these changes will be made already next year.

Since Guadalajara, I’ve been busy preparing an exceptional event coming up next year: the European Games. Read all about it below!



Three spectacular days of competition ended with Arina Averina winning her first European all-around crown and twin sister Dina narrowly defeating Katsiaryna Halkina for the silver medal. The emotions shown by these gymnasts is an important way to promote our discipline, both in the venue and on TV. The juniors had their own platform, as our partner SmartScoring organised a special livestream on so that fans, friends and family from all over the world could enjoy their performances! And with an average 2000 viewers, it was a great success. The Russian girls showed incredible difficulty and technique on their way to all 4 apparatus titles. But there was a great variety of gymnasts competing in the finals, showing the wide spread of rhythmic gymnastics nowadays in Europe.

The open-ended difficulty has made the group routines even more exciting to watch. In Guadalajara we saw several gorgeous performances, true story-telling at its best. With three different winners – Russia (all-around), Italy (5 hoops) and Bulgaria (3 balls and 2 ropes) – and two more countries, Ukraine and Azerbaijan, on the podium, the level of competition and rivalry is enormous, a huge benefit for the fans and spectators.





Recently I joined the other 5 Technical Committee Presidents in Minsk (BLR) to finalise the schedule of the second edition of the European Games. With less than a year to go until this iconic event, I have the pleasure to announce that Rhythmic Gymnastics will be held on 22 and 23 June in the Minsk Arena, site of the 2015 European Championships.

Since the Europeans we also know the countries that will compete in Minsk. In the individual competition we’ll see 1 participant from the following countries: Russia, Belarus, Israel, Bulgaria, Georgia, Italy, Ukraine, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Azerbaijan.

And in the groups Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Spain, Belarus, Azerbaijan and Estonia will compete.




The cozy and green village Obertaun in Austria hosted, last week, the annual summer training camp in Rhythmic gymnastics. Around 40 participants are working at full force with the best experts in Europe: 2-time Olympic Champion and 2-time World Champion Evgeniya Kanaeva (RUS), Julieta Cantaluppi (ITA) and Gregory Milan (FRA).

The girls aged between 10 and 12 years old from different European countries are learning new body and apparatus elements, in addition to training in ballet and dance and physical preparation. The beginning was hard but everybody is eager to learn more on their way to becoming champions.

The Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee wants to express its deep gratitude to the Austrian Gymnastics Federation for offering these perfect conditions and organisation, in particular to prof. Friedrich Manseder, President of the Austrian Gymnastics federation, Mrs. Heide Bruneder, Vice-President of the Austrian Gymnastics Federation and Mrs. Gabriela Welkow-Jusek, Technical director of the Austrian Gymnastics Federation.

We can already give you important information about next year: same time, same place! And the same experts too but the program will be different. We welcome everybody next year from 30th of June till 7th July!


With my warmest regards,

Maria Petrova

UEG RG-TC President