Due to the retirements of top international rhythmic gymnastics competitors—Yana Kuryatseva and Son Yeon Jae—plus an uncertainty about the comeback of the Olympic champion Margarita Mamun, the doors have opened for the next generation to shine in the sport’s first leg of the World Cup this year, the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Pesaro, Italy.
The International Grand Prix Marbella has concluded over the weekend and the Russian team has once again beat most of their competitions both in Junior cup and the Senior events.
The sport of rhythmic gymnastics requires its athletes to throw and catch, roll, rotate, and twirl their different apparatus in the air or on parts of their bodies. Because of this, eye-hand coordination is one of the basic skills a beginner rhythmic gymnast must learn before she could do well at her chosen sport. This should go hand in hand with her balance, flexibility, and strength.
A few months after the last Olympic cycle in Rio, more and more Olympians are starting to announce their retirement from rhythmic gymnastics. Early last month, Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva has officially announced her retirement at age 19. Last week, it was Margarita Mamun’s turn to be suspected of having been retired, but before that, it was Korean rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-Jae who officially announced her retirement first.
Dance is one of the biggest elements of rhythmic gymnastics, as well as ballet. These two disciplines have been compared against each other by a lot of people and for a lot of times. Those comparisons are warranted, as they have multiple similarities. One of those is that RG and ballet are versatile kinds of sports. Although changes to each of their elements could only be done on performances and not on competitions, this didn’t stop a lot of artists from transforming both sports.
Countless times we have watched a gymnastics competition, or maybe we have heard of it, especially from the previous Rio 2016 Olympic Games and with Simone Biles or Laurie Hernandez making such noisy names right now. We often get awed once the almost perfect scores are printed on the screen or announced, but do we really know how the gymnasts garnered these points?
Lauren Hernandez, nicknamed Laurie, is one of the members of USA Gymnastics Team’s Final Five together with the legendary Simone Biles. She won a gold medal in the recently-concluded Rio Olympics 2016 and as if that wasn’t enough, last Tuesday she was also hailed as the Dancing with the Star’s season 23 champion.
2017 USA Gymnastics was announced to be hosted by Milwaukee next year, particularly at the Wisconsin Center and BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Aside for our young athlete’s physical health, their mental health is also important for them to be able to perform stunningly in their chosen sports, particularly in gymnastics. If a child is very shy and feels inferior most of the time, in a sport competition, she would not succeed. She has to have the confidence of one Simone Biles to help her thrive on her chosen sport.