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Jumping through hoops – literally – to win gold

The Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team celebrates a historic win in the European Championships. Next stop? Rio.


June 20, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
The Israeli gymnastics team celebrates a big win on the podium after the clubs and hoops final of the European Championships.The Israeli gymnastics team celebrates a big win on the podium after the clubs and hoops final of the European Championships.Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images
June 20, 2016 | Latest Photo

The incredible artistry, the vibrant costumes, the unbelievable agility and flexibility – the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships puts on a spectacle like no other. This year's competition, however, included an extra-special treat for the thousands of spectators who crowded Israel's Holon Toto Hall over the weekend – Team Israel won a gold medal and is headed to the Olympics in Rio.

Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team dominated in the hoops and baton section of the competition. The team also took home a silver medal in ribbons and bronze in all-around, finishing close behind Russia, consummate leaders in the sport.

Here are some stunning images from the weekend of competition:

Bulgarian gymnast Neviana Vladinova performs in the individual round of the European Championships.Bulgarian gymnast Neviana Vladinova performs in the individual round of the European Championships. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Gymnasts from Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team perform in the group all-around final in Holon, Israel. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)Gymnasts from Israel's rhythmic gymnastics team perform in the group all-around final in Holon, Israel. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun performs a ball routine at the championships.Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun performs a ball routine at the championships in Holon. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Greek gymnast Varvara Filiou performs in the Senior individual all-around final in the European championships.Greek gymnast Varvara Filiou performs in the Senior individual all-around final in the European championships. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy's gymnasts perform a ribbon routine in the group all-around final.Italy's gymnasts perform a ribbon routine in the group all-around final. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

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