FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup B
Miss Valentine 2013
Tartu (EST), February 8 – 10, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, February 1, 2013: Marking the first post-Olympic FIG competition for Rhythmic Gymnastics and kicking off a series of eight events in 2013, the traditional Miss Valentine tournament in Tartu (EST) will be held as a FIG World Cup for the first time in its 19 year history.
An idea of former elite gymnast, coach and tournament director Janika Mölder (EST), the annual competition has been held as an international tournament on Valentine’s Day since 1994 to celebrate friendship and love for Gymnastics. Known for its enjoyable ambience and cheering crowd, Miss Valentine plays an important role in bringing warmth and grace to the Estonian winter and is highly appreciated by locals.
Twenty-one individual gymnasts representing fifteen countries are registered for this World Cup event that takes place on February 8 – 10 at Tartu’s Le Coq Sporthall, including stars such as Melitina Staniouta of Belarus, Anna Alyabyeva of Kazakhstan, and Ukraine’s London 2012 Olympic All-around finalist Ganna Rizatdinova. Rhythmic power house Russia entered newcomers Elizaveta Nazarenkova (17) and Svetlana Lanshakova (18) to the competition. Host Estland will be represented by 2010 and 2011 World Championships participant Viktoria Bogdanova (18) and sixteen-year-old Carmel Kallemaa (hors concours).
Click here for the complete nominative entry list (update February 5) and find more information on the event website at http://missvalentine.eu/!
About 2013 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series
The 2013 FIG World Cup circuit in Rhythmic Gymnastics includes one category A event (Sofia) and seven category B events. Apart from Tartu, Bucharest and Corbeil-Essonnes (Individuals only), all events include both, Individual and Group competitions, with All-around competitions serving as qualifications for the finals by apparatus.
With stopovers in Europe only, the competitions are slated for February 8 – 10 in Tartu (EST), April 3 – 6 in Lisbon (POR), April 19 – 21 April in Bucharest (ROU), April 26 – 28 in Pesaro (ITA), May 4 – 5 in Sofia (BUL), May 10 – 12 in Corbeil-Essonnes (FRA), May 17 – 19 in Minsk (BLR) and August 17 – 18 in St Petersburg (RUS).
The world ranking points collected by the competitors at their best four World Cup events will add up to a total, and the top scorers in each discipline will be crowned winners of the overall series at the final event in St Petersburg.
Consult the World Cup Rules 2013 for Rhythmic Gymnastics for more details.