Ekaterina Vedeneeva

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Ekaterina Vedeneeva
Full nameEkaterina Olegovna Vedeneeva
Alternative name(s)Jekaterina Vedenejeva
Nickname(s)Katja, Katya
Country represented Slovenia
Former countries represented Russia
Born (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 28)
Irkutsk, Russia
HometownIrkutsk, Russia
ResidenceLjubljana, Slovenia
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2018-
GymGimnastični center Ljubljana
Head coach(es)Elena Drozhanova
Former coach(es)Irina Viner

Ekaterina Olegovna Vedeneeva (Russian: Екатерина Олеговна Веденеева; Slovene: Jekaterina Olegovna Vedenejeva; born 23 June 1994)[1] is a Russian individual rhythmic gymnast competing for Slovenia since 2018.[2] She made her debut for Slovenia in August 2018 at the World Cup event in Kazan, Russian Federation.[2] On national level, she is a three-time (2019, 2021, 2022) Slovenian National All-around champion. In 2021, she became the first Slovenian rhythmic gymnast to compete at Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She is the first Slovenian rhythmic gymnast and first Slovenian gymnast of any discipline to win a medal in the history of The World Games.


Her mother, Julia Vedeneeva, has coached rhythmic gymnastics and encouraged her to take up the sport.[3] She started training rhythmic gymnastics in her hometown Irkutsk in Russia.

In 2015, Vedeneeva was selected to represent Russia together with Maria Titova at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea. She finished on 5th place in All-around competition, tied with Elizaveta Nazarenkova.[4] She qualified to finals with two apparatuses, placing 5th in Ball final with score 17.550 and 7th in Clubs final with score 17.250.[5]

In 2018, she chose to represent Slovenia.[6] On July 31,[7] she officially received her Slovenian citizenship. This gave her the opportunity to start competing at international competitions. In August, she competed at World Cup Kazan in Russia. Katya placed 8th in All-around and qualified to two apparatus finals, where she placed 5th with Hoop (18.950) and 7th with Ball (17.800). In September, she competed at the 2018 World Championships, which was her first one. She helped Slovenia to achieve the best result in Team competition so far, placing 11th together with teammates Aleksandra Podgoršek and Anja Tomazin. She also placed 17th in All-Around Qualifications and qualified to the All-Around Final where she placed 13th, which is also the best result for Slovenia.

In April 2019 she became the first Slovenian to earn a medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, a bronze medal in the ribbon final at the Tashkent World Cup.[8] At the 2019 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, in Baku, Azerbaijan, she qualified for the club final finishing in 7th place. That same year she became the first Slovenian to win a medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix, a silver medal in the ball final at the Holon Grand Prix in Israel.[9] At the 2019 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan she qualified to the Individual All-Around Final, where she placed 17th with total score of 78.650 and secured Slovenia the first ever Olympic spot[10] in history of rhythmic gymnastics.

In 2020, she started the season at Grand Prix in Moscow, where she placed 6th in All-Around competition. The next day, she competed in all Apparatus Finals and won bronze medal in ribbon final with a score of 19.900. This was her second Grand Prix medal. She represented Slovenia at the 2020 European Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine and finished on 13th place in All-around.

In 2021, she started the season at Grand Prix in Moscow, where she placed 8th in All-Around competition. On Sunday, she qualified to all apparatus finals and won bronze medal in ribbon final with score 22.050, repeating her 2020 success. During the 2021 World Cup series, Vedeneeva qualified for an Olympic berth. She was the highest ranked eligible gymnast, in front of Uzbekistan's Sabina Tashkenbaeva and Japan's Chisaki Oiwa.[11] At the Moscow World Challenge Cup she won bronze in the All-around - the first World Cup all-around medal for Slovenia. The following day she added 3 more bronze medals in ball, clubs and ribbon.

At the 2020 Olympic Games, Vedeneeva finished sixteenth in the qualification round for the individual all-around, behind Alexandra Agiurgiuculese.[12]

At the end of October, she competed at the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, making it to the top 18 individual final, finishing in 12th place, behind Khrystyna Pohranychna. She also managed to qualify for the ribbon final, achieving 7th place. It was the first time that a Slovenian gymnast has managed to advance to a world championship apparatus final.[13]

Gymnastics technique[edit]

Vedeneeva is known for her routines which demonstrate a strong grounding in classical ballet technique, in particular for her well-executed pirouettes which are distinctively often performed a la seconde.[14][15] Her signature moves in this position include pivots completed in arabesque, attitude and ring style. Vedeneeva, whilst incredibly talented, has also expressed the challenges of incorporating enough apparatus difficulty elements in a routine to both preserve the artistic integrity of the sport and to accumulate enough marks to be competitive and fair in the new open-ended marking system which, she believes, preferences the former.[16]


Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title
2022 Hoop (first) Et Su Tu N'existais Pas by Toto Cutugno, Veronika Agapova
Hoop (second) Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor, Op. Posth by Frederique Chopin
Ball (first) Libertango by Lise de la Salle
Ball (second) The Winner Takes It All by Carla Bruni
Clubs (first) Malagueña by Connie Francis
Clubs (second) Катя-Катерина by Андрей Державин
Ribbon (first) Поговори со мной by Мария Чайковская
Ribbon (second) Эхо любви by Анна Герман
2021 Hoop Libertango by The Swingle Singers
Ball Boléro: Tempo di Bolero by London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Clubs Белый лебедь by Tamara Gverdtsiteli
Ribbon Nocturne by Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Dmitry Duzhev
2020 Hoop Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18: I. Moderato by Sviatoslav Richter
Ball Boléro by London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado
Clubs Bahama Mama by Boney M.
Ribbon unknown
2019 Hoop Ka-Ching! by Shania Twain
Ball Lyra by Maksim Mrvica
Clubs Harika by Ozan Doğulu
Ribbon Hoşgeldin by Nida Öz
2018 Hoop Madrid by Sayed Balaha
Ball Sunrise, Sunset by Fiddler on the Roof
Clubs Requiem by Alma
Ribbon The Color Of The Night by Lauren Christy
2017 Hoop Is It Right by Elaiza
Ball Baby I Don't Know (I Love You Remix) by DJ Jessie Cole
Clubs unknown
Ribbon "Caruso" by Lara Fabian

Competitive highlights[edit]

(Team competitions in seniors are held only at the World Championships, Europeans and other Continental Games.)

International: Senior
Year Event AA Team Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon
2022 Grand Prix Brno 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
World Championships 7th 9th (Q) 6th 8th 3rd
World Games 4th 11th (Q) 3rd 4th
World Cup Pesaro 6th 15th (Q) 2nd 4th 3rd
World Challenge Cup Pamplona 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd 2nd
World Cup Baku 5th 11th (Q) 9th (Q) 7th 3rd
World Cup Tashkent 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st
Grand Prix Moscow 6th 5th 4th 8th 3rd
2021 World Championships 12th 16th (Q) 17th (Q) 14th (Q) 7th
Olympic Games 16th (Q)
World Cup Moscow 3rd 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd
European Championships 12th 9th (Q) 17th (Q) 14th (Q) 22nd (Q)
World Cup Pesaro 11th 15th (Q) 10th (Q) 19th (Q) 4th
World Cup Baku 11th 19th (Q) 18th (Q) 9th (Q) 7th
World Cup Tashkent 6th 10th (Q) 7th 6th 9th (Q)
World Cup Sofia 12th 5th 11th (Q) 24th (Q) 6th
Grand Prix Moscow 8th 4th 4th 5th 3rd
2020 European Championships 13th
Grand Prix Moscow 6th 8th 8th 5th 3rd
2019 World Championships 17th 22nd 17th (Q) 11th (Q) 17th (Q) 21st (Q)
World Cup Kazan 9th 18th (Q) 19th (Q) 9th (Q) 6th
World Cup Cluj-Napoca 14th 11th (Q) 10th (Q) 9th (Q) 24th (Q)
Grand Prix Holon 4th 2nd 6th 5th
European Championships 10th (Q) 10th (Q) 7th 10th (Q)
World Cup Baku 21st 35th (Q) 17th (Q) 20th (Q) 23rd (Q)
World Cup Tashkent 7th 13th (Q) 7th 4th 3rd
World Cup Pesaro 15th 36th (Q) 10th (Q) 11th (Q) 18th (Q)
Grand Prix Thiais 18th 20th (Q) 16th (Q) 9th 24th (Q)
Grand Prix Moscow 15th 16th (Q) 15th (Q) 12th (Q) 18th (Q)
2018 World Championships 13th 11th 10th (Q) 27th (Q) 24th (Q) 14th (Q)
World Cup Kazan 8th 5th 7th 12th (Q) 12th (Q)
Luxembourg Trophy 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Aura Cup 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st
2017 International Tournament of Holon 2nd 3rd 6th 4th 1st
Luxembourg Trophy 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd
2015 Summer Universiade 5th 9th (Q) 5th 7th 10th (Q)
Year Event AA Team Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon
2022 Slovenian Championships 1st DNS DNS DNS DNS
2021 Slovenian Championships 1st DNS DNS DNS DNS
2019 Slovenian Championships 1st 2nd DNS DNS DNS DNS
2017 Russian Championships 5th 5th 3rd 5th
2015 Russian Championships 7th 5th 5th 3rd 4th
Q = Qualifications (Did not advance to Event Final due to the 2 gymnast per country rule, only Top 8 highest score);
WR = World Record; WD = Withdrew; NT = No Team Competition; DNS = Did Not Start


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  16. ^ "Екатерина Веденеева on Instagram: "Теперь и мне хочется высказаться по поводу судейства и всего того , что сейчас происходит . Начнём с того , что художественная гимнастика субъективный вид спорта со скрытым судейством, в котором человеческий фактор играет ключевую роль. Сейчас я , как никто другой, понимаю чувства @arishadina1998 и их тренеров , потому что в большинстве случаях нахожусь в такой же ситуации , когда делаешь , а тебе не ставят 🙊🙈 НО ❗️❗️❗️ ни в коем случае нельзя опускаться до публичных оскорблений ни в чей адрес . Спорт -есть спорт и он должен быть честным ! Здесь вопрос , скорее к правилам , которые убили всю художественность и никому это не нужно , за артистику ты получаешь копейки , в то время как D3 решающая бригада , в которой за пару секунд можно набрать очень много. Хочется от всей души поздравить победителя @linoy_ashram и призеров @arishadina1998 @alinaharnasko , и всех , кто просто дожил и прожил эту олимпиаду 🙏🏻 в гимнастике одно попадание - это уже победа 🙌🏻 так как ,наверно , у нас самый жесткий отбор . И , как говориться: « Победителей не судят». Возможно это дано для того, чтобы мы увидели триумф @arishadina1998 на ОИ 2024. И я искренне в это верю ."".
  17. ^ "Katja piše zgodovino slovenske ritmične gimnastike" (in Slovenian). 15 September 2022.

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