Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix

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The Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix 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), whereas the Grand Prix is neither organized nor promoted by 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, as of 2019. Grand Prix stages have also hosted a number of rhythmic gymnastics group events, being considered part of the official Grand Prix series. However, even though 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.

Grand Prix Final[edit]

The final stage of the event, also commonly referred to as Grand Prix Final, was 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.[5]

Events[edit]

Year Number of stages Grand Prix Final Location Ref.
1994 4 Vienna Grand Prix Austria Vienna [6]
1995 4 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [7]
1996 5 Vienna Grand Prix Austria Vienna [8]
1997 6 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [9]
1998 6 Grand Prix Linz Austria Linz [10]
1999 6 Grand Prix Korneuburg Austria Korneuburg [11]
2000 5 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [5]
2001 6 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [12]
2002 8 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [13]
2003 9 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [14]
2004 7 Alfred Vogel Grand Prix Netherlands Deventer [15]
2005 8 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [16]
2006 9 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [17]
2007 10 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [18]
2008 8 Grand Prix Slovakia Slovakia Bratislava [19]
2009 8 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [20]
2010 8 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [21]
2011 5 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [22]
2012 7 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [23]
2013 5 Berlin Masters Germany Berlin [24]
2014 6 Grand Prix Innsbruck Austria Innsbruck [25]
2015 5 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [26]
2016 5 Grand Prix Eilat Israel Eilat [27]
2017 8 Grand Prix Eilat Israel Eilat [28]
2018 6 Grand Prix Marbella Spain Marbella [29]
2019 6 Brno Grand Prix Czech Republic Brno [30]
2020 4 Deriugina Grand Prix Ukraine Kyiv [31]
2021 TBD

All-time medal table[edit]

1994–2020; Senior individual results
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia (RUS)955522172
2 Ukraine (UKR)26222876
3 Belarus (BLR)6253263
4 Bulgaria (BUL)26917
5 Israel (ISR)171119
6 Uzbekistan (UZB)1225
7 Azerbaijan (AZE)02911
8 Czech Republic (CZE)0123
9 Georgia (GEO)0112
 United States (USA)0112
11 Austria (AUT)0033
12 Germany (GER)0011
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)0011
 Poland (POL)0011
Totals (14 nations)131122123376

Successful nations[edit]

Individual events[edit]

Since 1994, nations which have earned at least one medal on senior level at one of the stages of the Grand Prix series include:

Group events[edit]

Organizers of Grand Prix events are also allowed to hold extra events for groups on the same venue. Nations which have earned at least one medal on senior level include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Technical Regulations 2017" (PDF). International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  3. ^ GP Moscow
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  30. ^ "GP19". RG4U Clan. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  31. ^ "GP20". RG4U Clan. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
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  33. ^ Brno 2011
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  43. ^ Bratislava 2008
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  50. ^ a b Miss Valentine 2020
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  53. ^ a b Deventer 2004
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  56. ^ Berlin 2003
  57. ^ Bochum 1998
  58. ^ a b Kiev 2017
  59. ^ a b c Thiais 2016
  60. ^ Moscow 2011
  61. ^ Deventer 1996
  62. ^ Kiev 2017 AA
  63. ^ Berlin 2009
  64. ^ Thiais 2011
  65. ^ Moscow 2019