Rhythmic gymnastics competition coming to Carmel Valley

Sixth San Diego Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy’s Foreign 2015 “Rising Stars Cup” is coming to Carmel Valley’s Ocean Air Recreational Center from Feb. 21-22.

More than 175 participants — rhythmic gymnasts from California, Nevada and Siberian city Novosibirsk, Russia — will be competing in seven official USA Rhythmic Gymnastics levels and will take home seven “Rising Stars” Cups.

“Rhythmic gymnastics is not only the most beautiful Olympic sport, this is also a great human story of rhythmic gymnastics development in the world,” said Alla Zubkis, CFO of San Diego Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy. Her mother, Valentina Baigulova, was one of the founders of San Diego Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy and was involved in the creation and development of rhythmic gymnastics in the former Soviet Union, in Novosibirsk, and in San Diego County.

Baigulova passed away in 2003 in San Diego. But every year her students and followers from Novosibirsk and Southern California bring their gymnasts to compete at the Rising Stars Cup Invitational. “Young athletes from the United States and Russia meet each other, compete and develop a sense of friendship and understanding between two great nations. Our competition is dedicated to the memory of Valentina Baigulova, who united many people to enjoy a wonderful sport of rhythmic gymnastics,” said Zubkis.

The Rising Stars Cup will take place from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at Ocean Air Recreational Center, 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego. Call Alla at 619-852-7439 or Irina at 858-395-9881.

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