Nadia and the Orange Ball - Continued!

I would like to post my impressions of Grand Prix Moscow and the new Mamun/Kudryavtsveva routines, but...my little star wants to run around and play, so I haven't had the time. :-) Here she is.

Growing up with a favorite toy!


Rhythmic Gymnastics to Conquer India Soon

In case you have missed this wonderful piece of news, a favorite gymnast from the 90s, Olga Gontar is now coaching in India. I really enjoyed this short video:

As you can see, this is very challenging professional work and the beginning of what I hope will be a very strong collaboration between coach and team!

Olga Gontar is the 1993 absolute junior European champion (beating both Batyrschina and Salapatiiska) and I remember her fondly with this routine, which I think ranks among the top 10  ball routines I have ever seen:


Beauty and Grace Take Over Los Angeles

This weekend, in the first major competition for the season, rhythmic gymnasts from all over the world are going to show off new routines at L.A. Lights.

Past medalists include world champion Rizatdinova from the Ukraine, European champion Charkashyna from Belarus, Maximenko from the Ukraine, Staniouta from Belarus, and, my new persona favorite, Galkina from Belarus, who won the tournament as a junior. Here is Galkina at last year's worlds. She is very athletic and dynamic:

I am also excited about this year's participants, particularly those by Iliana Rhythmic Gymnastics, out of Philadelphia, coached by one of my favorite gymnasts from the past. I would like to highlight Evgeniya Chernukhina, a very promising representative of this club:

Here is the most up to date participant list:


I wish all the participants the best of health and the strength to perform strong, expressive routines!