I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Julia Laine about her time as a rhythmic gymnast in Finland. Recently she retired from competition but now is a coach training the next generation of excellent gymnasts. Julia is an incredible gymnast and a wonderful person.
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Q1: When did you start Rhythmic Gymnastics?
I started rhythmic gymnastics when I was 4 year old
Q2: How did you first get involved with rhythmic gymnastics?
My mom brought me to a test day
Q3: How often do you train and how long for?
I trained 9 times a week, for 2-4 hours
Q4: Favourite apparatus?
Ball and Clubs
Q5: Do you have a favourite memory whilst doing gymnastics?
Maybe having my own Finnish championship bronze medal and final ball silver, being in European Championships group.
Q6: Who inspires you in gymnastics?
Maybe when you succeed on competitions and hard work paid off
Q7: What is your ultimate goal in RG?
I didn’t have any ultimate goal, I dreamed of competing at the Olympics but I never had the opportunity to work for it, I watched where life carries me.
Q8: Do you have a specific routine or event result you were really proud of?
Finnish championships in junior category all around 3. And in finals with ball 2.
Q9: What do you like to do when you aren’t doing gymnastics (your free time)?
Being with the friends was the best way to spend free time, I also liked just lying in the cough and chill
Q10: Do you see yourself staying involved in RG for many years to come?
Even though I quit my own career, I hope I can continue as a coach all my life