Varvara Filiou

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Varvara Filiou
Alternative name(s)Barbara Filiou
Nickname(s)Ms. Barbie
Country represented Greece
Born (1994-12-29) 29 December 1994 (age 24)
Attiki, Greece
ResidenceAthens, Greece
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight45 kg (99 lb 3 oz)
DisciplineRhythmic gymnastics
Levelelite
Years on national team2008 - 2016
ClubOlympiakos rithmos
GymNovogorsk
Head coach(es)Evgenia Gianîtsopoulou
Assistant coach(es)Larisa Sidorova
Former coach(es)Aliya Garayeva, Evmorphina Dona
ChoreographerIoannis Martos
World ranking28 (2016 Season)[1]
21 (2015 Season) [2]
18 (2014 Season)[3]
20 (2013 Season)[4]
27 (2012 Season)[5]
28 (2011 Season)[6]

Varvara Filiou (Greek: Βαρβάρα Φίλιου; born December 29, 1994 in Attiki, Greece) was a Greek individual rhythmic gymnast. She is an 8 time (2008-2016) Greek National All-around Champion. She is one of Greece's most successful rhythmic gymnasts.

Personal life[edit]

Filiou's mother Eleonora Marinova is a former Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast and also competed at national level in Greece gymnastics. Filiou took up rhythmic gymnastics at age seven.

Career[edit]

Filiou has been a member of the Greek National gymnastics team since 2008 and made her senior debut in 2010. She spends part-time of her training season in Novogorsk in Moscow, Russia.

She has competed at the 2010 World Championships in Moscow where she finished 41st in qualifications and at the 2011 World Championships in Montpellier, France where she qualified for the All-around finals and finished 23rd. She won the silver in all-around at the 2012 Kalamata Cup ahead of Ganna Rizatdinova. She finished 13th in all-around at the 2012 European Championships. Filiou missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympics finishing 11th in London Gymnastics Olympics Test Event.[7]

In 2013, she competed in the 2013 World Cup and 2013 Grand Prix Series. Filiou started her season competing at the 2013 Moscow Grand Prix. She won bronze in all-around at the 2013 Kalamata Cup. At the 2013 European Championships in Vienna, Austria, Filiou qualified to her first event final in ribbon where she finished 8th. She finished 10th in all-around at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. She won the silver medal in all-around at the 2013 Mediterranean Games. She then competed at the 2013 World Championships where she qualified to her first event final in ribbon finishing 4th behind Belarusian Melitina Staniouta. In the All-around final, Filiou finished 8th at Worlds behind of Ukrainian Alina Maksymenko.

In 2014, Filiou started her season competing at the 2014 Holon Grand Prix where she finished 13th in the all-around. In May 3–5, Filiou then competed at the 2014 Kalamata Cup and won the all-around silver behind Melitina Staniouta. Filiou then competed at the 2014 Corbeil-Essonnes World Cup and finished 6th in all-around behind Katsiaryna Halkina and qualified to 3 event finals. In June 10–15, Filiou competed at the 2014 European Championships and finished 16th in all-around.[8] In August 8–10, Filiou finished 6th in all-around at the 2014 Sofia World Cup and qualified to all 4 event finals for the first time in her World Cup series competition. In September 5–7, at the 2014 World Cup Final in Kazan, Russia, after a series of errors in all 4 apparatus left Filiou finishing 32nd in all-around finals. In September 22–28, Filiou competed at the 2014 World Championships where she finished 20th in the all-around finals.

In 2015, Filiou began the season competing at the 2015 Moscow Grand Prix finishing 22nd in the all-around. In March 21–22, Filiou competed at the 2015 Thiais Grand Prix finishing 11th in the all-around behind Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko. In April 10–12, Filiou finished 15th in the all-around at the 2015 Pesaro World Cup. Filiou competed at the 2015 Holon Grand Prix finishing 17th in all-around. In June 15–21, Filiou competed at the inaugural 2015 European Games where she finished 14th in the all-around. In August, Filiou finished 17th in the all-around at the 2015 Sofia World Cup. At the 2015 World Cup Final in Kazan, Filiou finished 13th in the all-around and qualified to ribbon finals finishing in 6th place. In September 9–13, Filiou competed at the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart where she qualified to 1 apparatus final finishing 8th in ribbon (17.633). In the All-around finals, Filiou finished in 14th place with a total of 69.449 points.[9]

In 2016 Season, Filiou competed at the 30th Thiais Grand Prix event in Paris, where she finished 17th in the all-around.[10] On April 1–3, Filiou competed at the 2016 Pesaro World Cup where she finished a disappointing 37th in the all-around. On May 27–29, Filiou finished 8th in the all-around at the 2016 Sofia World Cup with a total of 70.350 points, she qualified to 3 apparatus finals. On June 17–19, Filiou competed at the 2016 European Championships where she finished in 14th place.[11] On July 8–10, Filiou then finished 10th in the all-around at the 2016 Kazan World Cup with a total of 70.950 points - a personal best score for Filiou, she also qualified in the hoop finals finishing in 7th place. On August 19–20, Filiou competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She finished 15th in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around qualifications and did not advance into the top 10 finals.

As of 2018, she serves a coach to Indian rhythmic gymnast, Meghana Reddy Gundlapally.[12]

Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [13]
2016 Hoop Someone else by Allegro Feat. L.V., Fresh Game & Cokni O'Dire
Ball O Thanos Tou Tavrou (The Death of the Bull) by Stavros Lantsias
Clubs Zorbas Dance - Sirtaki by Mikis Theodorakis
Ribbon I Feel Good by James Brown
2015 Hoop Someone else by Allegro Feat. L.V., Fresh Game & Cokni O'Dire
Ball Pied Dans La Main by Sylvain Durand
Clubs Zorbas Dance - Sirtaki by Mikis Theodorakis
Ribbon I Feel Good by James Brown
2014 Hoop (2nd) Me Tut Kamav by G-Night
Hoop (1st) Massive Illusion music by Gazpacho
Ball Habanera music by Wolf Hoffman
Clubs Beat Box, Candyall Beat, Liwa Wechi, Tradicion (Pablo Glorious Tribal Mix)
music by Various Artists, Carlinhos Brown, Miriam Makeba, Gloria Estefan
Ribbon Kooza Dance music from Cirque Du Soleil
2013 Hoop Pigalle (Interlude) music by Patricia Kaas
Ball Habanera music by Wolf Hoffman
Clubs Mi Niña Baila (Fandangos de Huelva) music by Jean-Baptiste Marino
Ribbon Kooza Dance music from Cirque Du Soleil
2012 Hoop Pigalle (Interlude) music by Patricia Kaas
Ball Rêve Rouge music from Le Cirque Du Soleil (La Nouba)
Clubs Mi Niña Baila (Fandangos de Huelva) music by Jean-Baptiste Marino
Ribbon The Mummy (Soundtrack) by Jerry Goldsmith
2011 Hoop ?
Ball Rêve Rouge music from Le Cirque Du Soleil (La Nouba)
Clubs Mi Niña Baila (Fandangos de Huelva) music by Jean-Baptiste Marino
Ribbon The Mummy (Soundtrack) by Jerry Goldsmith

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  5. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  6. ^ "FIG World standings for rhythmic gymnastics" (PDF). International Federation of Gymnastics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Varvara Filiou's new path to success". Greek Gymnastics.
  8. ^ "World Champion Kudryavtseva is also Europe's Gymnastics Queen". gymmedia. 14 June 2014.
  9. ^ "2015 World Championships All-around results". Intlgymnast. 11 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Grand Prix: 30th International Thiais 2016". Gymmedia. 27 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Israel exceeds expectations at their first ever European Championships". European Union of Gymnastics. 22 June 2016.
  12. ^ "2015 World Championships All-around results". Times of India. 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Filiou RG music list". rgforum.

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