Deriugins School

The Deriugina School, also known as the Deriugins' School is a world famous rhythmic gymnastics club in Kyiv, Ukraine. It is run by the mother and daughter team of Albina Deriugina, who is the head coach, and Irina Deriugina, who acts as the assistant coach.

Every year since 1992 the club plays host to the biggest rhythmic gymnastics competition in Ukraine, The Deriugina Cup (Кубок Дерюгіної).

History of The School

In the 1970s Deriugina Gymnasts comprised the majority of the Soviet Team with the Deriugina gymnasts becoming not only Soviet but European and World champions. During this era the most notable individual gymnast was, Irina Deriugina - the 1977 & 1979 World champion. The school was also very strong in the groups discipline during this period with European and World titles for the group, comprising of Viktoria Serykh, Olga Plokhova, Ludmila Yevtushenko, Olga Shchegoleva, Zhanna Vasyura & Irina Deriugina.

Ten years after the school's initial success it had a few more champions to give. Aleksandra Timoshenko become the Bronze medal winner at the 1988 Olympics, and became the role model for the über-waif rhythmic gymnast look. Along with Timoshenko, the school produced Oksana Skaldina who went on to claim the bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, with Timoshenko taking the gold.

Throughout the 1990s The Deriugina school produced numerous champions and gymnasts of interest. Gymnasts such as Ekaterina Serebrianskaya and Elena Vitrichenko dominated the mid 90s. The school had a big emergence of talent in the late 90s and early 00s led by the daughter of Viktoria Serykh, Anna Bessonova.

Notable alumni

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