Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The world champion in rhythmic gymnastics, Darja Varfolomeev, has to wait a little longer for her Christmas presents. The 16-year-old from the federal base in Fellbach-Schmiden grew up in Russia and lived in West Siberia until she was twelve. Russian Orthodox Christians do not celebrate Christmas until December 31st.
The Varfolomeevs have a Russian Olivier salad and a chocolate fondue, in which fruit from a glass is dipped in chocolate. "We all eat together and then there are presents for everyone," reported the granddaughter of a German grandfather.
The sporting year 2022 was already a gift for Varfolomeev. At the World Championships in Sofia in September, she was the first German gymnast to win gold with clubs since 1975. There was also silver with the ball, in the all-around and in the team as well as bronze with the hoop.
The German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) hopes that Varfolomeev will also be at the top of the podium at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "Everything is possible now," said team manager Isabell Sawade after the world title, meaning an Olympic victory. Varfolomeev has "very, very great potential".
Your coach Yulia Raskina was honored as "Coach of the Year" in Baden-Baden last Sunday. Varfolomeev attended the gala. It was "wonderful" to meet so many successful athletes in the Kurhaus. She herself was voted 18th in the "Sportswoman of the Year" poll.