“It’s important for me and David to be together on the podium”
30th April 2021 –Last week’s European championships in Basel (Switzerland) was the first fully-attended championships for a year and a half, held without spectators and run with meticulous safety precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The circumstances may have been unusual, but Nikita Nagornyy of Russia was well prepared – with a spectacular new element to debut, too.
16 September 2019 –The rhythmic gymnastics world championships started today in Baku, Azerbaijan. The ambassador for the event is none other than Yana Batyrchina of Russia, 1996 Olympic silver medallist. She recently wrote about her experiences at her first-ever world championships in Paris in 1994 on her Instagram profile. Here are some highlights from her harrowing account.
4th August 2018 – The last European team competition was held two years ago, and the women’s team title was won by Russia. Only one member of that team returned to join the 2018 team in Glasgow – 18-year-old Olympian, Angelina Melnikova. Now a senior member of the Russian team, I spoke to her the day before competition started at the 2018 European championships.