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Russia’s latest rhythmic gymnastics stars | Dina and Arina Averina

Arina and Dina Averina are twins, best friends, and rivals, and they are Russia's latest Rhythmic Gymnastics Stars. Dina and Arina Averina are the most popular twins in Rhythmic Gymnastics and they are currently World and European Champions.

Pallavi Chanana
Last updated: 07.12.2019
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Dina and Arina Averina are the most popular twins in Rhythmic Gymnastics and they are currently World and European Champions. 

Dina and Arina Averina have an older sister, called Polina Averina, who was also a gymnast. Once, when she came back home, she showed her sisters her new skills and the twins were interested in going also to gymnastics school. Nowadays Polina works as a coach in Dubai and is three years older than Dina and Arina.

They support each other in every single competition. If one of them doesn’t succeed, then it is up to the other to hold up the Russian flag. At the beginning of the year, the gymnast that places from 1st to 8th position makes the National Team. Those who reach the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position, will go to Grand Prix Series. But it is the main coach (Irina Viner-Usmanova) who decides the gymnast that will compete in every single event. They have a weekly control training, who is directed by Irina Viner. She also chooses the music and the main composition of the routines.

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Vera Shatalina is the coach of Dina and Arina Averina, who also has the help of the main choreographer of the team, Irina Zenovka. They discuss together, with the sisters, which music and elements could fit better with the routine.

In some years they don’t want to be linked to gymnastics. They are not planning to become coaches either. Their main plan is to go to University. They have really different points of view: Arina is more calmed and relaxed, while Dina has more strength and nerve. Arina is the angel”, while Dina is the demon”.

"However, the very fact that they have made no mistakes from the very start and won gold in all events, shows that they are true champions," one added.

"There is no rivalry between the girls, and even if there is an element of competition, it is a friendly one, and only benefits them."

The twins themselves say they feed off each other’s support to drive themselves on to success.

“We are like one team,” Arina told the International Gymnastics Federation. “We provide a lot of support for one another.” Sisters say that "we have a kind of telepathy with each other where we can understand each other's perspective and point of view without even having the other person say anything. Many times there is a situation where sisters are apart but we still get to know how the other person is feeling also Arina doesn't really have to say anything because I understand whatever she is saying without even having her to say".

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