Between tradition and remembrance


Between tradition and remembrance

November 8, 2016

Tribute to two national legends

The city of Barcelona (ESP) and the Catalan Gymnastics Federation organised on November 5th, 2016 their traditional gymnastics tournament, the 38th edition, in memory of the gymnast JoaquinBlume. Guest of the Catalan Authorities, the President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), the French Georges Guelzec, honoured this tournament with his presence; in the past, he participated himself successively as gymnast, coach and judge. Short historical reminder.


Joaquin Blume Carreras was an exceptional gymnast; his mark is time and again measurable with the entire Spanish gymnastics community. Born in 1933, trained by his father in the German gymnastics school, he won in 1949 the absolute Champion title in Spain and kept it for 10 consecutive years. He participated in the Helsinki (FIN) Olympic Games in 1952, in the World Championships in Rome (ITA) in 1954 but could not participate in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne (AUS) due to a boycott following the invasion of Hungary by the Soviet troupes. JoaquinBlume died in 1959 in a plane crash between Madrid and Valencia. Since 1969, the Royal Spanish Gymnastics Federation organises a Memorial to pay tribute to this legendary athlete.


Technical prowess and vibrant tribute

In purely sporting terms, this 38th edition of the Memorial Blume was marked by the stunning technical movement of the Russian athlete Nikita Nagorny (19 years), who showed during the opening of the floor exercise a triple backward of rare quality. A prowess which was duly noted and applauded by the numerous spectators and the members of the present delegations.

Lead by the President of the Catalan Gymnastics Federation, Mr Xavier March, a delegation went to the nearby town of Marensa to inaugurate a commemorative plaque in remembrance of the gymnast Andreu Vivo i Tomas. This high-level gymnast, Olympian in 2000 in Sydney (AUS), was team gold medallist at the 2005 Mediterranean Games. He tragically died in the mountains following a cardiac arrest on December 31st, 2012. He as 34 years old.

From 2017 on, the edition of the Memorial Blume will alternate the disciplines rhythmic and artistic gymnastics.