UEG presents … your European gymnasts of 2017!

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UEG presents … your European gymnasts of 2017!

January 16, 2018

Thanks for all the voting!

Aiming to put our gymnasts in the spotlight where they belong, the UEG organised the first ever ‘European Gymnast of the Year’ elections. All 50 member Federations and the 8 UEG Technical Committees were invited to nominate their favourites. A selection was made and put online open for everyone to vote over a period of 10 days. With over 25.000 votes spread over the 5 categories, we are proud to present you the results of the ‘2017 European Gymnast of the Year’ elections!


Female Gymnast of the Year – 3240 votes

1° Catalina Ponor (ROU) – 2289 votes, 71%

2° Ellie Downie (GBR) – 296 votes, 9%

3° Linoy Ashram (ISR) – 251 votes, 8%

4° Nina Derwael (BEL) – 161 votes, 5%

5° Giulia Steingruber (SUI) – 148 votes, 5%

6° Pauline Schaefer (GER) – 66 votes, 2%

7° Tatsiana Piatrenia (BLR) – 29 votes, 1%

The record-holding 5-time European Champion on beam Catalina Ponor (ROU) reacted to her victory with these words: “Thank you so much everyone for voting for me! I feel loved and appreciated! Thank you, thank you, thank you all!”


Male Gymnast of the Year – 8681 votes

1° Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) – 5277 votes, 61%

2° Marian Dragulescu (ROU) – 2545 votes, 29%

3° Tin Srbic (CRO) – 439 votes, 5%

4° Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) – 126 votes, 1%

5° Daniel Bali (HUN) – 105 votes, 1%

6° Mikhail Zalomin (RUS) – 100 votes, 1%

7° Pablo Braegger (SUI) – 89 votes, 1%


Team of the Year – 2952 votes

1° Olympiada Thrakomakedonon (GRE) – 1703 votes, 58%

2° TeamGym senior men’s team (DEN) – 586 votes, 20%

3° Rhythmic junior group (ITA) – 518 votes, 18%

4° Efi Sach, Yannay Kalfa, Lidar Dana & Daniel Uralevitch (ISR) – 145 votes, 5%

Olympia Dragouni, the head coach of Olympiada Thrakomakedonon, told us: “I’m excited for this result! I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all gymnastics fans that honored us with their vote and gave us such a distinction: Our “Wolves” have been chosen as the best European Gymnastics team of the year, against very strong candidates! From the bottom of our heart, we thank you all for your support and your love! This is not just a victory for Olympiada Thrakomakedonon and for Hellenic Gymnastics. It is an achievement for the whole discipline of Gymnastics of All, which has gained an important place among the other disciplines of our sport, thanks to the vote and acknowledgment of the gymnastics fans. I want to congratulate all winners of the voting and especially Eleftherios Petrounias, but most of all I wish to congratulate the UEG for this exceptional idea of creating these European Awards for the first time. I hope that this idea will continue and will become a very successful and long-lasting tradition in Gymnastics.”


Rising star of the Year – 1544 votes

1° Rasmus Steffensen (DEN) – 782 votes, 51%

2° Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) – 394 votes, 26%

3° Tin Srbic (CRO) – 192 votes, 12%

4° Florentina Gruber, Melanie Trautenberger and Victoria Loidl (AUT) – 87 votes, 6%

5° Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) – 61 votes, 4%

6° Vinzenz Hoeck (AUT) – 28 votes, 2%

The Danish Gymnastics Federation told us they are so proud that Rasmus was both nominated and won the title of UEG Rising Star 2017. The reaction of Rasmus says it all: “Thanks a lot! It means everything. I am very proud of what 2017 has brought me, and I am looking forward to European Championship this year. It is a big honour for me to be the rising star 2017."


Outstanding performance of the Year – 8921 votes

1° Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) – 7798 votes, 87%

2° Samir Ait Said (FRA) – 371 votes, 4%

3° Sara Moreno and Vicente Lli (ESP) – 287 votes, 3%

4° Lina Sjoeberg (SWE) – 233 votes, 2%

5° Dina and Arina Averina (RUS) – 150 votes, 2%

6° Marina Chernova and Georgiy Pataraya (RUS) – 59 votes, 1%

7° Tatsiana Piatrenia (BLR) – 23 votes, 0%

Double winner Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) was delighted with his victories: “I want to say a special thanks to the UEG, for this brilliant idea of the European Gymnastics Awards and for giving me the opportunity to be a candidate in two categories. These awards are something which our great sport needed, in order to gain even wider exposure. It is a perfect opportunity for the gymnastics fans to come closer to Gymnastics through their vote and I just hope that this initiative will grow stronger and bigger each year. I wish to congratulate Olympiada Thrakomakedonon and the rest of the UEG Awards Winners, as well as all the candidates in each category. And of course, my gratitude goes to the thousands of fans who voted for me and elected me as a double UEG Award winner. Their support gives me a lot of strength ahead of the new season. I will try to be worthy of this honor and make happy all these people every time I can. Thank you all!”


Congratulations to the winners! And also to the other nominees. Your performances delight us. Thanks to all the fans for voting!