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Linoy Ashram
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Ashram in 2018
Personal information
Country represented  Israel
Born 13 May 1999 (1999-05-13) (age 22)
Rishon LeZion, Israel
Residence Rishon Lezion, Israel
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Level Senior Elite International
Years on national team 2014–present
Club Hapoel Rishon LeZion
Head coach(es) Ayelet Zussman
Choreographer Ayelet Zussman
Eponymous skills "The Ashram" — back-bend turn on floor with help
World ranking 7 WC 5 WCC (2019)
1 WC 2 WCC (2018)
8 WC 19 WCC (2017)
13 (2016)
Last updated on: 4 August 2021.

Linoy Ashram (Hebrew: לינוי אשרם; born (1999-05-13)13 May 1999) is an Israeli individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2020 Olympic All-around champion, the 2018 World All-around silver medalist, two-time (2017, 2019) World All-around bronze medalist, the 2020 European All-around champion, and the 2019 European Games All-around silver medalist. She is the third Israeli athlete and first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in any sport, and the first Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win an Olympic medal of any color. She became the first rhythmic gymnast from outside Post-Soviet Republics to win a gold medal at the Olympics, which was non-boycotted by Soviet bloc nations.

Early life

Ashram was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel, to Israeli-born parents of both Mizrahi Jewish (Yemenite-Jewish) and Sephardic Jewish (Greek-Jewish) descent. Her father Oren is a standing army soldier in the IDF, whereas her mother Hedva is a kindergarten teacher assistant. She has a brother and a younger sister.

In November 2017, at the age of 18, Ashram was enlisted to the Israel Defense Forces as a soldier. She had an honorable discharge in December 2019.

As of 2018, Ashram resides in her Israeli hometown of Rishon LeZion, Israel.

As of 2019, she started studying education and society at the Ono Academic College in Kiryat Ono, Israel.

Sports career

Her head coach and choreographer is Israeli former national champion Ayelet Zussman.

Junior

Ashram appeared in international competitions in 2011. In 2014, Ashram started her season competing in the 2014 Miss Valentine Cup in Tartu, Estonia, then in the junior division at the 2014 Moscow Grand Prix where she finished 9th in the all-around; following her placement she earned a qualification for Israel to compete for the Youth Olympic Games. Ashram competed in the World Cup series Pesaro, and in Tashkent where she won silver medal in clubs and hoop. In her next event at the Minsk World Cup, she took silver for Team Israel and finished 4th in the all-event finals.

On June 10–16, 2014, Ashram competed at the 2014 European Junior Championships and qualified to all four event finals, taking the bronze medal in clubs and ribbon, placing 4th in ball, and 5th in hoop. Ashram then competed at the World Cup in Sofia, where she finished 4th in all-around. Ashram went on to represent Israel at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, where she finished 5th in all-around finals behind Romania's Ana Luiza Filiorianu. She was the flag bearer of the closing ceremony in the Youth Olympic Games. In November, Ashram won the all-around gold at the 2014 JGP Final in Innsbruck, Austria, ahead of Moldova's Nicoleta Dulgheru.

Senior

2015

In the 2015 season, Ashram debuted as a senior competing in the international tournament at the 2015 Moscow Grand Prix, finishing 4th in the all-around. On May 15–16, Ashram competed at the 2015 Holon Grand Prix, finishing 11th in all-around. In August, Ashram competed at the MTK Budapest Cup, finishing 5th in the all-around and qualifying to three apparatus finals. She won the all-around bronze at the Yoldyz Cup International in Kazan, Russia. On September 9–13, Ashram (together with teammates Neta Rivkin and Victoria Veinberg Filanovsky) competed at the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart, with Team Israel finishing 4th. On October 16–18, Ashram competed at the 2015 Grand Prix Final in Brno, where she won the all-around silver medal with a total of 70.000 points. She qualified to all apparatus finals, taking silver in hoop, ball, and in the last two apparatus, due to Margarita Mamun's withdrawal in the last two events, Ashram won gold in clubs and another silver in ribbon behind Uzbekistani Anastasiya Serdyukova. Ashram became the second-youngest Grand Prix Final medalist since Yanina Batyrchina. In November, Ashram won the all-around gold at the 2015 Happy Cup in Asker, Norway, ahead of Moldova's Nicoleta Dulgheru.

2016

Ashram began her season competing at the 2016 Grand Prix Moscow, finishing 16th in the all-around and qualifying for the hoop, ball, and ribbon finals. On March 12–13, Ashram competed at the MTM Tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she won the all-around bronze with a total of 71.350 points, in the apparatus finals; she won bronze in hoop, ribbon placed 4th in ball and 7th in clubs. At the 30th Thiais Grand Prix event in Paris, Ashram finished 8th in the all-around with a total of 71.100 points; she qualified for three apparatus finals. On April 1–3, Ashram then competed at the 2016 Pesaro World Cup, where she finished 9th in the all-around and qualified for the ribbon final, placing 8th. She won the all-around silver medal at the 2016 Israeli Championships behind Victoria Veinberg Filanovsky. On May 13–15, Ashram competed at the 2016 Tashkent World Cup, where she won bronze in the all-around (71.800) edging out teammate Neta Rivkin, Ashram qualified for all four apparatus finals: winning bronze in ball (tied with Anastasiya Serdyukova), 4th in hoop and clubs, and 6th in ribbon. On May 27–29, Ashram finished 7th in the all-around at the 2016 Sofia World Cup, with a total of 70.800 points; she qualified in hoop, ball and ribbon finals. On June 17–19, Ashram competed at the 2016 European Championships where she finished in 8th place with a total of 72.074 points. On September 23–24, Ashram culminated her season with her competition at the 2016 Grand Prix Final in Eilat, where she finished 4th in the all-around with a total of 72.850 points behind Russian Arina Averina. She qualified for all the apparatus finals; winning a bronze in clubs, placed 4th in hoop and ball, and 5th in ribbon.

2017

Ashram competed at the 2017 Grand Prix Moscow, finishing 6th in the all-around and qualifying for all the apparatus finals; she won bronze in clubs, placed 4th in ball, and 5th in hoop and ribbon. She then competed at the 2017 Tashkent World Cup, finishing 8th in the all-around and qualified for three apparatus finals, taking bronze in hoop, and finishing 6th in ball and 5th in clubs. On May 5–7, Ashram competed at the 2017 Sofia World Cup, and took bronze in the all-around with a total of 70.300 points; she qualified for all the apparatus finals and won silver in hoop, bronze in clubs, and placed 4th in ribbon and 8th in ball. On May 19–21, Ashram together with teammate Victoria Veinberg Filanovsky represented the individual senior for Israel at the 2017 European Championships; she qualified for all the apparatus finals and won bronze medals in clubs, and finished 5th in ball and 6th in ribbon. At the 2017 Maccabiah Games, she won all five gold medals (the all-around, ball, ribbon, hoop, and clubs). Ashram competed at the quadrennial-held 2017 World Games in Wrocław, Poland, from July 20–30; she qualified for all the apparatus finals, winning a silver medal in clubs ahead of Arina Averina, a bronze in hoop behind Russian Dina Averina, and finished 8th in ball and 6th in ribbon. On August 11–13, Ashram competed at the 2017 Kazan World Challenge Cup, and finished 4th in the all-around behind Katsiaryna Halkina; she qualified in all the apparatus finals and won four bronze medals, in hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. From August 30 to September 3, at the 2017 World Championships in Pesaro, Italy, she qualified in three apparatus finals, finishing 6th in hoop, 4th in ball, and winning bronze in ribbon. In the all-around, Ashram made history by becoming the first Israeli rhythmic gymnast to podium in the all-around by winning bronze at the Worlds; previously Neta Rivkin was the only Israeli to win a medal, but it was in an apparatus final (a bronze medal in hoop).

2018

on March 30 – April 1, Ashram's season began with a competition at the 2018 Sofia World Cup finishing with a bronze medal in the all-around, in the event finals, she won her first World Cup gold with ribbon, and finishing 4th in ball, clubs and 8th with hoop. On April 13–15, Ashram won the bronze medal in the all-around at the 2018 Pesaro World Cup, she qualified to all apparatus finals; she won the gold with clubs, silver with ball, placed 5th in hoop and ribbon. On April 20–22, at the 2018 Tashkent World Cup, Ashram won silver in the all-around (73.100 points) behind Aleksandra Soldatova, she qualified in all event finals taking silver in hoop, ball, ribbon and a bronze in clubs. She was the overall 2018 World Cup Series all-around winner based on her results in Sofia, Pesaro, and Tashkent. On May 4–6, Ashram won her first gold medal in all-around (72.800 points) at the 2018 Guadalajara World Cup edging out Russians Aleksandra Soldatova and Arina Averina, in the apparatus finals: she took gold in ball, earned silver with hoop and ribbon and finished 6th in clubs.

2019

Linoy Ashram - Ball 2019
Ashram performing her ball exercise at Israel's 2019 national championships

Ashram did not take part in the European Championships due to an injury. In June 2019, Ashram competed at the European Games, winning gold in ball and clubs, and silver in ribbon and all-around. She finally competed at the 2019 World Championships, her most successful. She helped Israeli team to win its first silver team medal; she won a bronze with ball and in the All-Around (despite a drop with hoop) and silver with hoop, clubs and ribbon.

2020

Linoy Ashram won a gold medal at the Gymnastic European championships in Kyiv on September 29. She narrowly beat Alina Harnasko, her Belarusian competitor in the all-around competition with a total score of 100.9.

This last success placed Linoy Ashram as one of the Israeli's main hopes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021

Reuven Rivlin gives his blessing to the Israeli Olympic and Paralympic delegations to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Games, June 2021 (GPODBG 3647)
Ashram with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin (right) in 2021

In March 2021 she won two gold medals and one bronze medal in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria. She also won 5 gold medal in the all-around individual, hoop, clubs, ribbon and ball on the Grand Prix Tel-Aviv.

2020 Summer Olympics – Olympic gold medal

Her current head coach and choreographer is Israeli former national champion Ayelet Zussman.

On August 7, 2021, Ashram competed for Israel at the 2020 Summer Olympics and won Israel's 3rd-ever Olympic gold medal and its first in the rhythmic individual all-around competition..

Gymnastics technique

Ashram is known for her powerful jumps and high leaps, and unlike most rhythmic gymnasts she executes back spiral variations in a reverse direction. Her signature skill is the back-bend turn on floor with help – also known as the "Ashram".

Awards and recognition

  • First Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win an individual all-around medal (bronze) at the 2017 World Championships.
  • First Israeli to win gold in the all-around in the World Cup series which she won at the 2018 Guadalajara World Cup.
  • First Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win gold at the Grand Prix Final.
  • First Israeli to win gold in a World Cup series apparatus final.
  • First Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win a European All-Around title, which she won at the 2020 European Championships.
  • Second-youngest rhythmic gymnast to medal at the Grand Prix Final, after Yanina Batyrchina of the Russian Federation.
  • First gymnast to win two consecutive All-Around titles in a World Challenge Cup circuit (Guadalajara and Minsk) in 2018.
  • First Israeli rhythmic gymnast and the first non-Russian rhythmic gymnast since 1996, to become Olympic champion in the individual all-around.

Musical scores

Year Apparatus Music title
2021 Hoop Haste by Really Slow Motion, Giant Apes
Ball Big in Japan by Ane Brun
Clubs Crazy in Love, Diva, Run The World by Beyoncé, Level Up by Ciara
Ribbon Hava Nagila an Israeli folk song
2020 Hoop Haste by Really Slow Motion, Giant Apes
Ball Hurt by Christina Aguilera
Clubs Crazy in Love, Diva, Run The World by Beyoncé, Level Up by Ciara
Ribbon Hava Nagila an Israeli folk song
2019 Hoop Battle of the Kings by Audiomachine
Ball Im Ele HaHaim by Keren Peles
Clubs Istanbullu Gelin by Kobi Shaltiel,Mash & Matan
Ribbon One Night Only (Disco Version) by Dreamgirls
2018 Hoop Obsidian by Audiomachine
Ball Encore Un Soir by Celine Dion
Clubs Footloose (Glee cast version)
Ribbon The Mask of Zorro soundtrack medley
2017 Hoop Star Fusion by Really Slow Motion
Ball Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti by Alejandro Fernández, Christina Aguilera
Clubs Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
Ribbon Suite Mignone, Holding Out for a Hero by Joop Celis, Silver Screen Superstars
2016 Hoop Henry's Death' by BT
Ball Mi Amor by Benise
Clubs Run the World (Girls) by Beyoncé, I Am the Best by 2NE1
Ribbon Moon Trance by Lindsey Stirling
2015 Hoop Albinoni in Rock by Claudio Simonetti
Ball Mi Amor by Benise
Clubs What a Feeling by Irene Cara
Ribbon Moon Trance by Lindsey Stirling

Competitive highlights

(Team competitions in seniors are held only at the World Championships, Europeans and other Continental Games.)

International: Senior
Year Event AA Team Hoop Ball Clubs Ribbon
2021 Olympic Games 1st
European Championships 4th 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 4th
World Cup Pesaro 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 6th
Baku 5th 1st 5th 1st 16th (Q)
Sofia 1st 3rd 1st 4th 4th
2020 European Championships 1st
2019
World Championships 3rd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd
World Challenge Cup Cluj-Napoca 1st 1st 4th 2nd 1st
Minsk 3rd 1st 3rd 2nd 4th
World Cup Baku 6th 2nd 1st 10th (Q) 22nd (Q)
Sofia 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 3rd
2018
World Championships 2nd 4th 2nd 24th (Q) 15th (Q) 3rd
World Challenge Cup Kazan 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd
Minsk 1st 6th 3rd 1st 6th
Guadalajara 1st 2nd 1st 6th 2nd
European Championships 4th
World Cup Tashkent Tashkent 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd
Pesaro 3rd 5th 2nd 1st 5th
Sofia 3rd 8th 4th 4th 1st
2017 World Championships 3rd 6th 4th 11th (Q) 3rd
World Games 3rd 8th 2nd 6th
World Challenge Cup Kazan 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
European Championships 3rd 5th 3rd 6th
World Cup Sofia Sofia 3rd 2nd 8th 3rd 4th
Tashkent 8th 3rd 6th 5th 18th (Q)
2016 World Cup Sofia Sofia 7th 6th 5th 13th (Q) 5th
Tashkent 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 6th
Pesaro 9th 11th (Q) 17th (Q) 11th (Q) 8th
European Championships 8th
Q = Qualifications (Did not advance to Event Final due to the 2 gymnast per country rule, only Top 8 highest score);
WR = World Record; WD = Withdrew; NT = No Team Competition; OC = Out of Competition(competed but scores not counted for qualifications/results)
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