Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series

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The Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series is an annual competition of tournaments in rhythmic gymnastics open to athletes from all over the globe. The series consists of a number of stages, culminating in the final event, usually referred to as Grand Prix Final. The Grand Prix circuit usually hosts some of the most watched yearly events in rhythmic gymnastics, frequently gathering some of the best gymnasts in the world.[1] The Grand Prix Series should not be confused with the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup series, which is a competition officially organized by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG).[2]

Grand Prix Series[edit]

The Grand Prix Series was established in 1994. The then vice-president of the International Gymnastics Federation, Hans-Jürgen Zacharias, came up with the idea of a series of events held in different cities, and the rules were drafted in the course of many meetings with the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG).[3] The first Grand Prix Series was organised in the Netherlands, Ukraine, France, Germany and Austria, with the Grand Prix Final event being held in Innsbruck.[4] The Grand Prix Series focuses on individual rhythmic gymnastics; winners of the overall series were crowned for their all-around performances from 1994 to 1997, and later in four apparatus, each year, since 1998 up to the present edition, in 2017. Grand Prix stages have also hosted a number of rhythmic gymnastics group events, being considered part of the official Grand Prix Series. However, even some Grand Prix Final events had had group events, these were not officially considered part of the Grand Prix Final event, since this event crowns only the overall winners of the individual events. As of 2016, gymnasts from countries in Europe and Asia, including Russia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, have won medals at the Grand Prix Final tournament. Gymnasts from countries in the Americas, like Brazil, have won medals at the Grand Prix stages.[5]

Grand Prix Final[edit]

The final stage of the event, also commonly referred to as Grand Prix Final, is considered a prestigious event in which usually only the best ranked gymnasts from previous stages are allowed to compete. Except for the 1994 edition, in which only the all-around event was staged, in all the other Grand Prix Final tournaments the all-around competitions served as qualifications for the finals by apparatus.[6]

Year Event Location
1994 Vienna Grand Prix Austria Vienna [7]
1995 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [8]
1996 Vienna Grand Prix Austria Vienna [9]
1997 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [10]
1998 Grand Prix Linz Austria Linz [11]
1999 Grand Prix Korneuburg Austria Korneuburg [12]
2000 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [6]
2001 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [13]
2002 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [14]
2003 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [15]
2004 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [16]
2005 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [17]
2006 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [18]
2007 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [19]
2008 Grand Prix Slovakia Czech Republic Bratislava [20]
2009 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [21]
2010 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [22]
2011 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [23]
2012 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [24]
2013 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [25]
2014 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [26]
2015 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [27]
2016 Grand Prix Eilat Israel Eilat [28]
2017 Grand Prix Eilat Israel Eilat [29]

Grand Prix Final medalists[edit]

Individual all-around
Year Location Gold Silver Bronze
1994[30] Austria Vienna, Austria Ukraine Kateryna Serebrianska Ukraine Olena Vitrychenko Russia Amina Zaripova
1995[31] Netherlands Deventer, Netherlands Ukraine Kateryna Serebrianska Ukraine Olena Vitrychenko Russia Yana Batyrshina
Belarus Olga Gontar
1996[32] Austria Vienna, Austria Russia Yana Batyrshina
Ukraine Kateryna Serebrianska
N/A Belarus Tatiana Ogrizko
1997[33] Netherlands Deventer, Netherlands Russia Natalia Lipkovskaya Belarus Valeria Vatkina Germany Edita Schaufler
1998[34] Austria Linz, Austria Russia Alina Kabaeva Ukraine Olena Vitrychenko Belarus Yulia Raskina
1999 Austria Korneuburg, Austria Belarus Yulia Raskina Russia Alina Kabaeva Russia Yulia Barsukova
2000 Netherlands Deventer, Netherlands Russia Yulia Barsukova Russia Irina Tchachina Ukraine Tamara Yerofeeva
2001 [35] Netherlands Deventer, Netherlands Russia Alina Kabaeva Russia Laysan Utiasheva Belarus Elena Tkachenko
2002 Austria Innsbruck, Austria Ukraine Tamara Yerofeeva Ukraine Anna Bessonova Russia Laysan Utiasheva
2003 Austria Innsbruck, Austria Ukraine Anna Bessonova Russia Vera Sessina Ukraine Natalia Godunko
2004 [36] Netherlands Deventer, Netherlands Ukraine Natalia Godunko Russia Olga Kapranova Ukraine Anna Bessonova
2005 [37] Germany Berlin, Germany Russia Vera Sessina Russia Olga Kapranova Ukraine Natalia Godunko
2006 Germany Berlin, Germany Russia Vera Sessina Russia Olga Kapranova Belarus Inna Zhukova
2007 Austria Innsbruck, Austria Russia Olga Kapranova Russia Vera Sessina Azerbaijan Aliya Garayeva
2008 Slovakia Bratislava, Slovakia Russia Olga Kapranova Russia Vera Sessina Israel Irina Risenzon
2009 Germany Berlin, Germany Russia Evgenia Kanaeva Russia Daria Kondakova Belarus Melitina Staniouta
2010 Germany Berlin, Germany Russia Evgenia Kanaeva Russia Daria Kondakova Russia Daria Dmitrieva
2011 Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Russia Evgenia Kanaeva Russia Daria Dmitrieva Azerbaijan Aliya Garayeva
2012 Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Russia Daria Dmitrieva Belarus Arina Charopa Czech Republic Monika Mickova
2013 Germany Berlin, Germany Russia Margarita Mamun Russia Maria Titova Bulgaria Sylvia Miteva
2014 Austria Innsbruck, Austria Russia Margarita Mamun Israel Neta Rivkin Bulgaria Neviana Vladinova
2015 Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Russia Margarita Mamun Israel Linoy Ashram Belarus Elena Bolotina
2016 Israel Eilat, Israel Russia Aleksandra Soldatova Russia Dina Averina Russia Arina Averina

All-time medal table[edit]

Note
Though group events have been competed at Grand Prix Final events, only medals earned by individual rhythmic gymnasts are officially considered Grand Prix medals.
 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia 84 52 19 155
2  Ukraine 20 19 22 61
3  Belarus 3 16 26 45
4  Bulgaria 2 3 6 11
5  Israel 1 7 11 19
6  Uzbekistan 1 2 2 5
7  Azerbaijan 0 2 9 11
8  Czech Republic 0 1 2 3
9  Austria 0 0 3 3
10  Germany 0 0 1 1
 Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1
 Poland 0 0 1 1
Total 111 102 103 316

See also[edit]

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