Vera Sessina

Vera Sessina
Personal information
Full name Vera Valeryevna Sessina
Alternative name(s) Sesina
Country represented  Russia
Born (1986-02-23) 23 February 1986
Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Hometown Moscow, Russia
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Irina Viner
Assistant coach(es) Natalia Gorbulina
Choreographer Veronica Shatkova
Retired 2009

Vera Valeryevna Sessina (Russian: Вера Валерьевна Сесина, born 23 February 1986) is a Russian individual rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2007 World All-around silver medalist, the 2006 European All-around Champion, two time (2006, 2005) Grand Prix Final All-around champion and three time (2008, 2007, 2003) Grand Prix Final All-around silver medalist. She was known for her high releve during her pivot.


Sessina began training in rhythmic gymnastics in 1993 and eventually moved to the Russian training center in Novogorsk. At the 2002 European Championships in Granada, she performed only one routine, but was noticed because of her flexibility, stability and clean performance. The same year, she took part in an international event in Thiais (France) and won some medals on various apparatus. In 2003, she performed well on the Grand Prix circuit.

In 2005, Sessina competed at the 2005 World Championships. She placed fifth in all-around qualifications but did not advance into the finals because teammates Olga Kapranova and Irina Tchachina placed ahead of her. She was also sent to the 2005 European Championships.

In 2006, Sessina won the all-around competition at the 2006 European Championships in Moscow, beating teammate and Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva. She won the 2006 Grand Prix Final all-around in Innsbruck and won three events of the FIG World Cup Final in Mie, Japan.

Sessina continued to do well in 2007, winning the all-around silver medal at the World Cup series in Ljubljana as well as silver in all-around at the 2007 Grand Prix Final. At the 2007 European Championships in Baku, she won the gold medal in clubs, a silver for rope, a pair of bronze medals for ribbon and hoop for the individual event finals. At the 2007 World Championships, Sessina won the all-around silver medal behind Ukrainian Anna Bessonova and then took the all-around bronze medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade behind Bessonova and Kapranova.

Sessina competed for a spot at the 2008 Olympics but struggled due to injury and was beaten by compatriots Evgenia Kanaeva and Olga Kapranova. She won a gold medal in rope and bronze in hoop at the 2008 World Cup Final in Benidorm and ended her season with silver in the all-around at the 2008 Grand Prix Final.

Sessina won silver medals in All-around, rope, hoop and ribbon at the 2009 European Championships held in Baku, Azerbaijan. She retired from competition following the event.

After her retirement, Sessina was elected to the FIG Athletes Commission as a rhythmic gymnastics representative.[1]

Routine music information

Year Apparatus Music title [2]
2009 Hoop Theme from 'Pique Dame' by Tchaikovsky
Ball John Nineteen: Forty One/Superstar/Overture music from Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Rope Back in the U.S.S.R.
Ribbon Yesterday music from Imagine by Ofra Harnoy
2008 Hoop Concerto in F by Gershwin
Rope "Beetlejuice" Music For A Darkened Theatre Vol. 1 by Danny Elfman
Clubs The Firebird/ The Carnival of the Animals by Igor Stravinsky / Camille Saint-Saëns
Ribbon Cadenza / Rondo by Alfred Schnittke
2007 Hoop Music from Chess by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Rope Russian Sailor Dance music from The Red Poppy by Reinhold Glière
Clubs The Firebird/ The Carnival of the Animals by Igor Stravinsky / Camille Saint-Saëns
Ribbon Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra music from Ladies in Lavendar by Nigel Hess & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
2006 Rope Islamey (The Oriental Fantasy) by Mily Balakirev
Ball Leyanda by Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz
Clubs Aragon Hunt by Michael Ivanovich Glinka
Ribbon Requiem by Mozart
2005 Rope Tango de los Exilados by Vanessa Mae
Ball Montserrat by Bajofondo Tango Club
Clubs Theme / The take over / Battle in the boneyard music from Con Air
by Trevor Rabin, Mark Mancina
Ribbon Love Story by Arthur Fidler & Boston Pops Orchestra
2004 Hoop Straight to Number One / Big Beat / Tango in Harlem by Touch 'n Go
Ball Concerto No. 1 Part III by Tchaikovsky
Clubs Act 1 Scene 2 music from Pique Dame / Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky
Ribbon ?
2003 Hoop Ninkou Latora music from Cirque du Soleil: Dralion by Violaine Corradi
Ball ?
Clubs At the Circus / Adagio music from Spartacus by Aram Khatchaturian
Ribbon Theme music from Giselle by Charles Adam Adolphe
2002 Hoop Would You... (Radio Edit) and (Long Dance Mix) by Touch and Go
Ball Scene d'amour by Sarah Brightman
Clubs Hey Pachuco! by Royal Crown Revue
Rope Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns


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