Beauty, Art and Sport: The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 4

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Beauty, Art and Sport: The Rhythmic Gymnastics Newsletter N° 4

November 10, 2016

By Heide Bruneder, Rhythmic Gymnastics TC President



Another Olympic cycle is coming to an end! 2016 was filled with high-level gymnastics, from the Rio test event,  over numerous Grand Prix and World Cup events to  the  exciting and dramatic  battle for the ultimate gold medal, the Olympic crown. 




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 and will go in force on 1st January 2017. 

The team competition, which now is the calculation of the senior (uneven years) or juniors (even years) individual scores, will become a combined score of individuals and the group of the same nation. This new format allows the same number of medals as before but creates a new and exciting team competition.


In the spring of 2017, the Hungarian capital Budapest welcomes Europe’s best rhythmic gymnasts to the Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena. With 15.000 seats, this great venue also hosted the 15th European Championships in 1999. Scheduled to compete are the junior groups and the senior individual gymnasts. As always at the beginning of the new Olympic cycle, the European Championships are the first big international competition where we’ll see the new Code of Points in action. A big challenge for the gymnasts and coaches!

Join us from 19 to 21 May 2017 in Budapest to see the Rhythmic stars of the new Olympic cycle in action!


Europe reigned again at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) when Russia extended their Olympic winning streak which started in Sydney in 2000. Since then, the Russian Federation has won every gold medal. This summer, when top favourite and three-time all-around European and World Champion Yana Kudryavtseva dropped a club, she left the door wide open for her best friend and training partner Margarita Mamun to cruise to the title. Ganna Rizatdinova of Ukraine clinched the bronze medal. In the group competition, Russia beat 1996 Olympic Champion Spain and Bulgaria. What a fabulous performance by our gymnasts!



For the first time ever, the Israeli Gymnastics Federation organised a European Championships. And they did so with a passion and dedication matching the high standards of Rhythmic Gymnastics. For the seniors of course it was the last big test before the Olympic Games but for the juniors it was a first taste of what this talented future generation can offer: variety, style and character defined these young ladies. In a packed Toto Hall and with the entire competition available on livestream for the entire world to see, rhythmic gymnastics enjoyed its exposure and gained many fans. 



From 3 to 8 July, Obertraun (AUT) hosted –for the third time already- an excellent UEG training camp. 25 gymnasts representing 12 National Federations were guided by 3 experts, including 2008 and 2012 Olympic Champion Evgeniya Kanaeva, 2 physiotherapists and 2 UEG responsible members. 

The camp was aimed at gymnasts aged 10 to 12 years old. Due to the high number of participating gymnasts, and in order to optimise the training sessions, they were divided into 2 groups who trained 6 hours daily! All gymnasts as well as their coaches participated actively in the sessions, in a good atmosphere even though the exercises were sometimes difficult for some of the gymnasts. One gymnasts who is only 10 years old but already very talented, Palina Aliaksandrava (BLR) accompanied Marina Lobach in order to show the requested exercises.

Obertraun is an idyllic venue not only with good sports equipment but set in beautiful surroundings, between mountains and a lake. The staff of this sports centre are fantastic and many activities like sauna, exercise room, ping-pong, tennis, etc are available free of charge. Excellent conditions for our future champions!



The 7 Technical Committee members met in Martigny (SUI) for their last meeting of the year. 

A filled agenda dictated the meeting. General information was given out and the new team competition format was discussed. This will debut at the 2017 European Championship in Budapest (HUN).“The UEG’s Rhythmic Gymnastics TC was inspired from a speech of our President George Guelzec at one of the seminars ‘Gymnastics today, tomorrow and after tomorrow’. We took his idea and created a new format to make the rhythmic gymnastics European Championships more spectacular and more interesting for the gymnasts and coaches.”




With my regards,

Heide Bruneder
RG-TC President