The German team won the all-around at the recent rhythmic gymnastics Grand Prix in Thiais ahead of Russia and Spain as well as the silver with the hoop routine and bronze with ribbon+rope. And the five girls (Camilla Pfeffer, Mira Bimperling, Cathrin Puhl, Sara Radmann und Regina Sergeeva) really had a strong performance. Especially their hoop routine is very well choreographed and their sparkling blue leotards fit perfectly.
Germany struggled with rhythmic gymnastics in the past years – no gymnast (group & individual) qualified for the Olympics and a lot of the young hopes retired early (Daria Stolbin, Johanna Gabor or Lisa Ingildeeva). As it is very difficult to gain ground as an individual gymnast and to stand up to the best in the world from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan or Azerbajian the German team dediced to focus on the group event after a disappointing year 2008 and encouraged individual gymnasts to participate. Click here to meet the current group members.
Click play or watch their hoop routine on YouTube: