|SAVINKOVA Ludmila Ukraine
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||01/01/1936||Age:||78|
|Place of birth:||MOSCOW||
|Start Discipline (year):||1949|
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|National Team Since (year):||1960|
|Head coach:||Maria Lisitzian (URS)|
|Choreographer:||Maria Lisitzian (URS)|
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|Ludmila Savinkova: The first ever Rhythmic Gymnastics All-Around World Champion!
28 gymnasts from 10 nations took part in a competition called the First European Cup Tournament, in the Palace of Sports, Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday 7th December 1963. They were from Belgium, Bulgaria, German Democratic Republic, Spain, Poland, USSR, Hungary, Finland and Czechoslovakia. In Rome (Italy) in 1964 FIG recognized this competition as the 1st World RSG Championships.
Ludmila Savinkova had no idea that she would become an absolute champion of the World, when she was enjoying her victory in Budapest '63.
Ludmila Savinkova was a typical representative of the ex Soviet RG school which implies first and foremost preciseness of lines and lightness of execution. Her natural elegance, style and physical qualities were first spotted by Tamara Vartanova Lisitzian in the Lujniki Palace of the Pioners, Moskow. Later on, Tamara's sister, Maria Vartanovna Lisitzian began to coach Ludmila and led her to the very top competitive level. In the beginning of the 60's Maria Lisitzian became national Soviet RSG coach and was responsible for the team representing her country at the 1st World Championships in Budapest'63.
Lisitzian had graduated at a special school for rhythmic gymnastics and ballet and was strongy influenced by the ideas of "free dance" innovator Isadora Duncan, as well as those of Francois Delsart and his successor Jacques Dalcrose. She was able to transmit a great deal of her knowledge to the next generation the one of Ludmila Savinkova, Elvira Averkovich, Lilia Nazmudinova, Elena Biriuk, Aia Schnaidere and Tania Kravtchenko. In fact those were the leading soviet gymnasts at the end of the 50's and the beginning of the 60's. Their creativity and spirit have influenced the future development of RG worldwide.
In her childhood, Ludmila dreamed of becoming a ballerina and an artist. She also possessed a talent for painting and drawing; which is why she became a student in the Architecture High Institute in Moscow. Deeply artistic and sensitive, Savinkova was always trying to create "a character" in her routines. Such was her hoop routine to Schumann’s "Skerzo" and Rachmaninov's "Polishinel" in the free exercise. Savinkova also took part in the 2nd World RG Championships in Prague '65 but unfortunately dropped her ball and lost all chances of winning for a second time.
The last World Championships she participated in was in Copenhagen ’67. There Savinkova was one of the six gymnasts in the Soviet Union Group Exercise. This competition was the Premiere for the Group Exercises on the World stage. With a great deal of luck (the leading Bulgarian Group was sanctioned for the size of their hoops), the Russian team took the gold medals and this was a good last reward for Savinkova's very important role in the history of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
During the 60's and 70's she coached in Kiev; she worked with the group exercises in partnership with Albina Deriugina, but later on Ludmila disappeared from the RG stage and unfortunately, no official information about her is available at the moment (1998).