This week in the history of European Gymnastics

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This week in the history of European Gymnastics

May 17, 2017

Let’s have a look at what happened in European Gymnastics in the week from 15 to 21 May!


Struggling with injury and exhaustion early in the season, the 2008 Olympic Champion Evgenia Kanaeva recovered well to claim all four available gold medals at the 2009 European Championships in Baku (AZE).



Two European gymnastics legends are inducted into the Gymnastics Hall of Fame: Gina Gogean and Albert Azaryan.

Romania’s Gina Gogean amassed 5 Olympic, 15 World and 10 European medals in an international career that spanned 6 years. Let’s have a look back on her career: 

Albert Azaryan competed for the Soviet Union and is the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Champion on rings.  Azaryan took gold on rings and parallel bars and silver in the all-around and on high bar at the first ever European Championships for men in 1955 in Frankfurt (GER). Learn more about him here: 



Riga, then in the Soviet Union, hosts the first ever European Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics! 5 countries competed and laid the base for the bi-annual Championships that are held nowadays.

We discovered some rare footage of this events:



Competing in the lion’s den, Romania’s Daniela Silivas upset the hosts at the 1987 Europeans in Moscow (URS) by winning the all-around title over local favourites Aleftina Priakhina and Elena Shushunova. In event finals Silivas added 3 more titles, on bars, beam and floor. Only the vault title went to the Soviet Union, Elena Shushunova won it. Topping the medal table with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze, the Romanians managed to insult the Soviets on home turf.