Original article link:click here English translated by Alyona, many thanks!!! (sorry only translated Masha’s part)
Q: Last year the second spot for the Olympics was decided between Daria Dmitrieva and Alexandra Merkulova. Where are these girls now?
Irina Viner: Merkulova is getting ready for the Universiade. She was injured and gained some weight. Unfortunately she didn’t manage to get in the required shape. And moreover, we have Maria Titova who showed wonderful performances in World Cups. She could participate in the European Championship as well but Continue reading →
Original article: http://www.kp.ru/daily/26069/2975935/ translated by catts/ Alyona/ Tatiana! Many Many Thanks!!! Special to catts, he did most translation of this article, and this is a really long text!
After every Olympic Games she says: ‘That’s it! Now I’m going to work less!’ But during the last ten years she doesn’t keep her word. We have spent one day with the Head Coach of the National Team of Russia in Rhythmic Gymnastics Irina Viner-Usmanova to see how and where the gold medals are being made. Continue reading →
‘Highly professional specialists continue working with the National Team’ – explained Irina Usmanova-Viner . Thus, the teachers from ‘The Igor Moiseev Folk Dance Ensemble’ helped to choreograph some routines.
‘The circus artists helped the girls to prepare the clubs routine. Serious work is done with the youngest members of the team as well. Thus, Maria Titova, who is going to be 16 this year, has a very difficult hoop routine – Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’. ‘Black Swan’, ‘Vdol po ulitse metelitsa metyot’ (Russian folk song) – for the ball, and for the ribbon she preferred ‘My Fair Lady’. (note by Zoe: I could have danced all night)
‘Masha used to be quite a shy girl’ – says Viner-Usmanova. ‘She didn’t realize who she was. I made her realize how beautiful she was,
at 0:28–0:38 Maria Titova says: “If you don’t make Irina Alexandrovna angry, then she is kind enough. She would never say bad to the good things and good to the bad ones.” (Big Thanks my friend Alyona for the translation)
In the Israel city of Holon ended the second stage of the Grand Prix series in rhythmic gymnastics.
The most prestigious tournament in the promised land brought together 250 of the strongest gymnasts from twenty countries. Russian women managed to collect in its collection of nearly all the gold medals, except for one — in the apparatus clubs. More than successfully proved herself on “Grand Prix Holon” Maria Titova. In addition to the gold medal in the exercise with ribbon, zarečenka won the bronze medal in the exercise with a hoop (note by Zoe Wan: she didn’t win bronze in hoop, ranked 4th, but is 3rd in the score). ”It was one of her most successful performances in the national team of Russia, shared her impressions of the first coach of our «star» Svetlana Fomina.