This year’s European championship was held in the team’s own home court of Holon, a coastal Israeli city.
“I felt extreme exhilaration, especially since this is the first European championship ever held in Israel. Over the years I learned a lot, the most important thing being: ‘Just be yourself! Hard work pays off and you will eventually achieve outstanding results,” said Israeli gymnast Tori Filanovsky.
“Congratulations to the Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team who gave us a gold medal in the european championship,” Ksenia Svetlova, an Israeli-Russian member of Knesset, wrote on her Twitter account. “The investment definitely payed off. Investing in more fields of sport will also pay off!”
The young ladies of Team Israel - Alona Koshevatsky, Karina Lykhvar, Ida Mayrin, Yuval Filo and Ekaterina Levina - impressed judges on the final day of the championship, beating the Russian favorites with a six clubs and two hoops team routine.
Additionally, junior gymnast Nicol Zelikman won silver at the individual hoop event and a bronze medal in the individual ball event, bringing the total of Israeli medals to four: one gold, two silvers, and one bronze.
The current Israeli team is now the most decorated in Israeli history, having won several bronze medals in a previous European championship, a silver medal in the gymnastic world championship, and a silver medal in the 2015 European Games.
Today’s results guarantee the team’s presence in the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer and furthermore cement its position as a favorite to win Olympic medals.
“My ambition is to win an Olympic medal. My entire efforts are currently focused on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; I am putting in my maximum effort and power to do the very best at the Olympics,” said teammate Neta Rivkin.
This story has been reprinted with permission from TPS