The president of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, Irina Viner-Usmanova stopped by in the mixed zone and gave an interview to host broadcaster M4 Sport. The number ones of the Russian and Ukrainian senior gymnasts, Aleksandra Soldatova and Viktoriia Mazur also evaluated their performance at the 33rd Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The competition finishes on Sunday with the apparatus finals and the gala.
IRINA VINER-USMANOVA (PRESIDENT OF THE RUSSIAN RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS FEDERATION)
“I consider the Russian performance and winning of the team gold medal successful. The Averina twins did really good clubs routines and Aleksandra Soldatova worked well with ribbon. The surprise for me was that I chose Dina from the twins to perform with three apparatus and I should have chosen Arina, especially that her ribbon routine would have been performed to Hungarian music, czardas. The organisation is excellent, the conditions, and training halls are really good, we are completely satisfied. The crowd is good as well. I know this hall for a long time, as Alina Kabaeva won the 2003 all-around World Championships gold medal here, one year before she won the Olympics. The Hungarian girls are talented and expressive, they can get far, I believe, if they get the right training conditions and specialist coaches.”
ALEKSANDRA SOLDATOVA (RUSSIAN FEDERATION, TEAM EVENT GOLD MEDALLIST)
“I tried to do my best, sometimes I’ve succeeded, sometimes I haven’t. But my gymnastics was all right I think. For me each and every medal is important, be it an individual or a team competition. There are no meaningless medals – we have to go for the maximum every day.
In the last years I’ve trained and competed together with Yana [Yana Kudryavtseva, Olympic silver medallist] and Rita [Margarita Mamun, Olympic Champion], I got to know them in 2011. I don’t know if I can forge such close friendships in the gym again like with them. They are giving a lot of support to me, they are always writing me, calling me, they are helping me and my coach as the best they can. The Averina twins have their own special world, they are always together and are very used to this.”
VIKTORIIA MAZUR (UKRAINE)
“This was the first time in my life that I’m in such a situation as the leading senior gymnast of Ukraine. People come, people go, my time has come, so full on forward! You might have noticed I was very nervous and excited, it was not easy, but this also has something to do with the new Code of Points. Adjusting our gymnastics to the new rules is a lot of work, and I think this was successful now. Unfortunately I’ve made a mistake with ribbon, maybe I didn’t have enough power, maybe I didn’t have enough time. But generally, I am satisfied with my performance!”
(Photos: Aniko Kovacs)