Greece’s Olympiada Thrakomakedonon crowned World Group Champion

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Greece’s Olympiada Thrakomakedonon crowned World Group Champion

August 4, 2017

At the King Harald World Gym for Life Challenge in Vestfold (NOR)

The 15 top-ranked team and two wild card groups who had successfully made their way through the contest performed at the prestigious gala in the Oslofjord Convention Center.

Groups from 11 different countries competed for the World Group Champion title. Germany (4), Switzerland (3) and Portugal (2) were all represented by more than one team, while Zimbabwe, Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Greece, Japan, newcomers Azerbaijan and host nation Norway each had a single group participating. 

This was a gala that had it all: spectacular, breath-taking aerial and acrobatic acts from SwissRings and TheFREAKS; funny and entertaining acts from the University of Tsukuba - with their playful use of physio roll 'peanut' balls - and the Showturngruppe's firefighters; creative productions from La Trottola and In Motion; displays with traditional and cultural elements by Zimgym and Azerbaijan; and emotional pieces such as that delivered by Astro Eden. 

Additionally, while the Welsch Master Team and Fredrikstad Turnforening impressed with powerful and energetic performances, Showteam Matrix and Uni-2-Tre & Center Emme cleverly packaged their Gymnastics into stories. Portugal's GCP / Mae D'Agua and Gimnofrielas / Top Acro Gym, meanwhile, pleased the audience with well-choreographed acrobatic displays, and the Showteam Blues Brothers, comprising male gymnasts and female dancers, skilfully combined Artistic Gymnastics and dance elements to - as they put it - live their dreams together.

In the end, it was the dramatic performance by Olympiada Thrakomakedonon from Greece - featuring wolves howling before the moon - that the evaluators found most compelling. The complex production, presented by the largest of all the participating groups (with 65 gymnasts), had a remarkable attention to detail and certainly captivated the spectators who were left spellbound by what they saw and heard - not least the vocals of the howling actors. The team from Athens have been working on their choreography for two years and richly deserved their title as World Group Champion.