|Full name||Ekaterina Olegovna Vedeneeva|
|Alternative name(s)||Jekaterina Vedenejeva|
|Former countries represented||Russia|
|Born||23 June 1994|
|Level||Senior International Elite|
|Years on national team||2018-|
|Gym||Gimnastični 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) is a Russian individual rhythmic gymnast competing for Slovenia since 2018. She made her debut for Slovenia in August 2018 at the World Cup event in Kazan, Russian Federation. 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.
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. 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.
In 2018, she chose to represent Slovenia. On July 31, 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. 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. 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 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. 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 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.
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. 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.
- First Slovenian rhythmic gymnast to win a medal in an individual apparatus final at the FIG World Cup series.
- First Slovenian rhythmic gymnast to win a gold medal in an individual apparatus final at the FIG World Cup series.
- First Slovenian rhythmic gymnast to win a medal in an individual All-around at the FIG World Cup series.
- First Slovenian rhythmic gymnast to compete at the Olympic Games.
- First Slovenian rhythmic gymnast or Slovenian gymnast of any discipline to win a medal at the World Games.
- First Slovenian rhythmic gymnast to win a medal at the World Championship.
Routine music information
|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.|
|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|
|Ribbon||"Caruso" by Lara Fabian|
(Team competitions in seniors are held only at the World Championships, Europeans and other Continental Games.)
|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|
|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)|
|2017||International Tournament of Holon||2nd||3rd||6th||4th||1st|
|2015||Summer Universiade||5th||9th (Q)||5th||7th||10th (Q)|
|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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- "S ponosom sporočamo, da je Ekaterina Vedeneeva, odlična tekmovalka, ki je prišla živeti v Slovenijo, tudi uradno postala okrepitev slovenske ritmične gimnastike in našega kluba". Facebook (in Slovenian). 31 July 2018.
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- "Vedeneeva v Kitakyushiju piše slovensko ritmično zgodovino" (in Slovenian). 29 October 2021.
- "Arabesque (Ballet position)".
- "Individuals All Around Final - 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships". YouTube.
- "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 ."".
- "Katja piše zgodovino slovenske ritmične gimnastike" (in Slovenian). 15 September 2022.