Author Nora Schuler

Natalia Pavlova: “We’re starting from zero”


The 2014 European Championships were the first major competition for the newly created Azeri team. The country has gone to great lengths to build teams in all gymnastics disciplines by recruiting a host of foreign talent. Azerbaijan did not manage to field a men’s team … …

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Editorial: European Recap


The 2014 MAG & WAG Europeans featured team and event finals for seniors. Team, AA and event finals for juniors. Great Britain and Russia dominated these championships, winning 44 of the 78 available medals between them. Both federations medalled in all four team competitions – … …

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Mustafina Speaks

Russia’s Aliya Mustafina is one of the biggest current stars of gymnastics. She took the world by storm in 2010, came back from a serious knee injury to become the most decorated gyymnast at the London Olympics and had a very successful 2013. Moreover, Mustafina … …

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All About Artistry

Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)

Artistry, or the lack thereof, is one the hottest topics in gymnastics. Bemoaning the demise of artistry – in combination with the assurance that everything was much better in the 80s – is something of full-time job for a lot of gym … …

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“The Sport is Degenerated”

In the first part of his exclusive interview with LEON* Magazin, Bruno Grandi discussed the age limit, possible format changes and the World Cup. This second part deals with the current scandal in rhythmic gymnastics. The FIG initiated disciplinary proceedings against the Technical Committee and … …

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“A sport that ages early has no future”

Bruno Grandi was elected FIG president for the fifth consecutive time at last year’s Congress in Cancun. And he even had two opponents. LEON* caught up with the 79-year-old in his home town of Forlì in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.
Interview: Sandra Schmidt – translation from LEON* … …

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Editorial: Bad news

The Rhythmic community is accusing the FIG of trying to discredit the sport. That’s right. Their own federation is apparently working against them. The sport has had its fair share of scandals and doesn’t seem to need any outside help when it comes to … …

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Nabieva, Stolyarov win Russian Cup

Tatiana Nabieva (St. Petersburg) and Dmitri Stolyarov (Moscow) won the all-around titles at the 2013 Russian Cup, held in Penza 17-21 August. The country’s top stars – Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Denis Ablyazin, David Belyavskiy, Emin Garibov and Nikolai Kuksenkov – had been … …

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Brits Rule in Berkheim


The British team won the team competition and took the top two all-around places at a four country junior competition in Berkheim/Germany in 29 June. The competition featured teams from Germany, France, Great Britain and Switzerland and was used by all four nations as … …

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Editorial: Professional Gymnastics Challenge? No. Just no.

Jade Barbosa (BRA)

They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The Professional Gymnastics Challenge was probably very well meant but it was also the opposite of well done.
The idea is not new and there have been a couple of previous attempts – all … …

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