Jumping through hoops – literally – to win gold
The Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team celebrates a historic win in the European Championships. Next stop? Rio.
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:
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