Sunday, 6 April 2008

Rhythmic Gymnastics Competitions in Portimão, 17-20th April 2008

During 4 days enjoy the beautiful sport that is Rhythmic Gymnastics at Portimão’s Arena, free of charge. The sport combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, theatrical dance and apparatus manipulation.

Thursday 17th April
Friday 18th April
Saturday 19th April
Sunday 20th April
{Events start at about 10AM depending on the day/competition}
Two competitions are taking place:

• 22nd International Tournament of Rhythmic Gymnastics (Juniors/Individuals only)

• 3rd FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique) World Cup Series (Seniors Individuals and groups)
You will see the reigning World Champion, the European Champion as well as the African and Pan-American Champions. Barring the Olympic Games this event in Portimão will be the most important during this year.

A number of stars of this sport will be competing including: Inês Gomes (Portugal), Anna Bessonova (Ukraine), Olga Kapranova (Russia), Vera Sessina (Russia), Almudena Cid (Spain), Alexandra Orlando (Canada) & Ana Paula Scheffer (Brazil).
Groups from Russia, Belarus, China, Spain, Brazil and other countries wil be present. All in all some 280 gymnasts will be competing.
Portimão Arena is an excellent venue with capacity for 4000 spectators & easily accessible from the centre of Portimão and within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area.
Why watch it on TV when you can be there? Don’t miss it!

Notes (Wikipedia):
‘Rhythmic gymnastics as a sport began in the 1940s in the Soviet Union. It was there that for the first time, the spirit of sports was combined with the sensuous art of classical ballet.’
‘The FIG recognized this discipline in 1961, first as modern gymnastics, then as rhythmic sportive gymnastics, and finally as rhythmic gymnastics. The first World Championships for individual gymnasts took place in 1963 in Budapest, Hungary.
Groups were introduced at the same level in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rhythmic gymnastics was added to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with an Individual All Around competition.’

Rhythmic gymnastics (Wikipedia)
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