Marian Dragulescu back competing

Marian seems pretty serious about his latest comeback. And he can still stick his signature vault.

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Watch his Floor at Israel Cup (VIDEO)

related – GymCastic 164: Marian Dragulescu

via Nico on GymFever2012

10 Rhythmic nations qualify for Rio

The new-look Russian Group (Diana Borisova, Daria Kleshcheva, Anastasiia Maksimova, Sofya Skomorokh, Anastasiia Tartareva and Maria Tolkacheva) posted the highest scores for both of its routines with the Five Ribbons (18.016) and Clubs and Hoops (18.250) for a total of 36.266, more than half a point above 2014 World champions Bulgaria (35.583).

… 10 countries were named as having qualified for the Rhythmic Group competition at next summer’s Olympic Games in Rio: Russia, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Japan, Israel, Belarus, China, the United States and Ukraine. Seven other nations — Uzbekistan, Germany, Azerbaijan, Greece, Finland, Brazil and France — will battle for the final qualification spots at the Olympic Test Event next April. …

Russia reigns over Group All-around final at Stuttgart Worlds

Yana Kudryavtseva documentary

An interview prior to winning her 3rd World individual championship.

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related – FIG Rhythmic Worlds microsite.

Thanks Blythe.

Rhythmic individuals qualify for Rio

Russian Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) captured her third consecutive World All-around title. Russia wins an individual spot at the 2016 Olympics. They can send anyone they like in that spot. (They’ll send Yana. She’s magic. :-) )

Following the Individual All-around final of the 34th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships held Friday, September 11, 2015, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the lists of qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 2016 Olympic Test Event, and the 2017 World Games for individual Rhythmic gymnasts.

Nations that advance to the 2016 Olympic Test Event will have a second chance to secure an Olympic berth in individual Rhythmic Gymnastics at the competition, to be held April 22-24 in Rio.


OLYMPIC Qualifiers -- individuals at Worlds

related – A third time, with charm: Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) takes third straight Rhythmic World All-around title

how Rhythmic gymnasts qualify for Rio

This is the clearest explanation I’ve yet seen on the complicated FIG selection process.

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I was surprised to see that Brazil has a full team guaranteed to qualify. But it certainly will be good for the sport in the host nation.

Rhythmic Worlds start today

34th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, Stuttgart (GER), September 7-13, 2015. …

This competition serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Almost 300 gymnasts from 57 nations are expected to compete …

Click PLAY or watch a promo video on YouTube.


related – 5 questions with: Nataliya Kuzmina, FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee President

Great interview. Despite multiple judging scandals, Rhythmic is really pushing to make the discipline more popular worldwide.

USA Women’s Olympic trials July 8-10, 2016

This is a repost. (Cordelia noted that I got one of the details wrong, the first time. :) ) It’s correct this time.

San Jose, California.

San Jose was a terrific event last time. Friends are already booking travel for next year. :-)


details –

Tickets for all sessions are $115 and up.

The USA Men’s Olympic trial will be held in conjunction with the P&G Gymnastics Championships for women in St. Louis from June 23-26, 2016. MAG wants more time between the final trial and the Olympics themselves. That’s why they are not picking the team in San Jose.