Sport Begins With Gymnastics

Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation

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The National Olympic Committee of the Azerbaijani Republic made bids for Baku to host the 2016 Olympics and 2020 Olympics.

Gymnastics was introduced to Azerbaijan in the USSR era in 1961.

Azerbaijan was the first Muslim nation to grant women equal political rights with men. Despite many other problems, opportunities for women in sport are supported.

Courtney McGregor 55.20 AA

Record AA score at New Zealand Championships.


Thanks Kathryn. Thanks Avril.

Rhythmic gymnasts and coaches

Despite seeming inevitable judging issues, the 2015 Rhythmic Worlds were a great success.

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Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun


Must see: this lovely montage exploring the rivalry and friendship of Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun (RUS)

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Must see if only to check out the amazing costumes, one for each discipline.

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