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Beauty, Art & Sport

June 22, 2017

The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter


Budapest hosted a truly excellent 33rd edition of the Rhythmic European Championships. The organisers were well-prepared and welcomed the almost 300 gymnasts and their entourage warmly. With the successful launch of an exciting new format which combines groups and individuals, juniors and seniors, we have taken a step forward in promoting the variety our beautiful sport has to offer. The Technical Committee has analysed the entire competition and will propose some adjustments so the event can be even more spectacular. Meanwhile, our training camp will start in just a few weeks in Obertraun (AUT), rhythmic gymnasts will participate in the World Games next month in Wroclaw (POL) and we are about to launch the invitations for our coaches’ course in Marbella (ESP) in November. A lot of activities before the UEG’s Congress planned for December so the newly elected Technical Committee has a good base to continue on.  



The Papp Laszlo Sport Arena provided a wonderful setting for this year’s European Championships. The venue looked amazing in its purple and pink theme. The gymnasts enjoyed plenty of space in the training halls, preparing them to bring out their best performances on competition day.

For the first time, the scores of the junior groups combined with the senior individuals determined the team champions. A new format that works well in the hall and on TV. Russia swept the gold medals with twins Dina and Arina Averina sharing the 4 senior apparatus titles. Also on the podium were Belarus and Bulgaria in the team competition, Italy and Israel in the junior group final, Linoy Ashram (ISR), Alina Harnasko (BLR), Katrin Taseva and Neviana Vladinova (BUL) in the senior finals.

As the top 24 seniors qualified to next year’s Europeans, you’ll have the chance to see them at work live in Valladolid (ESP). Save the date: 1 to 3 June 2018!


Gymnasts from 10 countries will travel this summer to the idyllic setting at the training camp in Obertraun. From 2 to 7 July, our experts will guide the future generation of rhythmic talents in the wonderful world of ballet and dance, technique of body movements and composition, apparatus technique, physiotherapy and recreation. Oh, and our experts include 1988 Olympic Champion Marina Lobatch and 2008 and 2012 Olympic Champion Evgenia Kanaeva! 


This autumn we invite all coaches to join us in Spain, in sunny Marbella, to further develop their coaching skills. In an international setting, we learn from the experts and from each other about topics like ballet, technical preparation body and apparatus but also about psychology and planning. The invitation will be send out soon but you can already block the dates: 4 to 9 November!


The Argentinian capital Buenos Aires will host the 3rd edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games. Artistic, rhythmic, acrobatic gymnastics and trampoline will be represented. 18 European individual gymnasts will have the opportunity to qualify for this prestigious junior event during the Moscow Grand Prix, 14 to 19 February 2018. Only one gymnast per country is allowed and they have to be born in 2003!



The World Games is the Olympic Games for non-Olympic sports. Yet, rhythmic gymnastics is on the programme. That seems a bit odd but it’s not once you know the reason: at the Olympic Games rhythmic gymnasts only compete for the all-around medals. So at the World Games, they can compete for the apparatus medals!

Competition will take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July in the Centennial Hall of the Polish city Wroclaw.