GYMNASTICS COACHES
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Elena Tokareva Baltovick
AGGUSA President 

ELENA TOKAREVA BALTOVICK (Kiev, Ukraine) began her classical ballet studies at the age of nine at the National Choreographic Ballet School of Ukraine. She went on to dance with the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Ms. Baltovick came to the United States in 1992 and furthered her study of the Vaganova Method at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut, graduating with honors in 1994. In 1998, Ms. Baltovick graduated cum laude from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and Ballet Pedagogy. During her college years, she danced with the company at the School of the Hartford Ballet. Her main coach was world-famous Prima Ballerina, Ms. Alla Osipenko.

After two decades of ballet education and instruction, Ms. Baltovick began to coach Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) in 2017. Under the direction of Ms. Baltovick, the AGG Team of Emerald City Rhythmic Gymnastics has won Gold Medals in three Chicago-based competitions (United Cup, Four Continents Cup, and finalists at the World Cup) during their first competitive season. In 2018, team Emerald began competing internationally and ranked 9th in the World, and 1st on the American Continent. Their accolades that season was in Helsinki, Finland (World Cup finalists), Montreal, Canada (Koop Cup Bronze medalists), Budapest, Hungary (World Championships finalists), Paris, France (World Cup III finalists), and Santos, Brazil (Pan American Champions and World Cup IV finalists).

In their third competitive season, Team AGG advanced to rank 7th in the World, and 1st in the American Continent. The team continued to excel in the international Aesthetic Gymnastics circuit in Singapore, Singapore (Singapore Cup Bronze medalists, World Cup finalists), Murcia, Spain (World Championships finalists), Albany, New York (Aurora Games Gold medalists), and Tallinn, Estonia (Tallinn Trophy Bronze medalists, World Cup IV finalists).

In 2020, Elena Baltovick was elected president of AGG USA Federation and currently serves in that leadership role. Ms. Baltovick works tirelessly to bring more awareness to the beautiful sport of Aesthetic Gymnastics and is working on establishing more teams throughout the United States.

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B.B. Ignnatova
AGG National Team Coach

B.B. Ignatova was born and brought up as a gymnast in Bulgaria. By 16, she had participated in numerous international competitions and received the title “Sports Master.” She graduated from the Sports Academy of Sofia, Bulgaria, with honors and was selected to participate in the 1981 session of the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece. Later, she co-founded the Bulgarian Olympic Academy. In 2000, B.B. completed her Masters degree in Coaching Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. In the same year, she was awarded the Olympic Torch Scholarship from the Canadian Olympic Association towards her studies and elected as Chairperson of the Canadian National Team Advisory Committee.

B.B.’s coaching achievements include: producing top national athletes in Bulgaria, Canada, and the USA; winning Team and All-Around gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games in coaching national team athletes from Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand. In 1993, B.B. was presented an award by Her Majesty, the Princess of Thailand, for her volunteer work in fundraising for the “Children’s Cardiac Society” in Bangkok, Thailand. Then, in 1995, she received the “Coach of the Year” award from Thairat, the largest newspaper in Thailand. Also, in the same year, she received a special Reward from the Gymnastics Association of Thailand for her contributions to the development of the sport in Thailand.
 

B.B. was certified as a Brevet Judge in 1989, and currently holds a Brevet II category. She has given judges courses in Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and Canada, as well as numerous workshops for coaches and athletes. She has also been invited several times as a guest speaker at the University of British Columbia. In 2008, B.B. judged in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Currently, she serves as a National Team Advisor for Gymnastics Canada.

In 2004, B.B. co-founded EuroGymnastics, along with her long-time friend and colleague, Ivanka Kirov, and presently co-heads the gym’s Competitive Program.

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Olga Bogdan
AGG Team Grace Coach 

For the first time, the USA was represented in the Children’s Division at the World Cup of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics in October in Tallinn, Estonia. This select group of girls from Cary, NC, competed at the highest level internationally at the Tallinn Trophy Competition on Oct 16th-19th. The North Carolina group, which is comprised of gymnasts ranging from ages eight through ten, is led by Russian native Olga Bogdan who founded the Grace Gymnastics Academy in Cary. These young athletes trained for two years, and placed 2nd in their first AGG competition as well as their first international start.

AGG or Aesthetic Group Gymnastics is a relatively new sport to the United States, however is quickly gaining popularity notably in Canada and Eastern ​Europe. As a native Russian, Coach Bogdan took her first gymnastics class at five and represented Russia in the National AGG Championships, and competed internationally. "The girls have exceeded anyone’s expectations and we were thrilled to have been invited to represent the USA for the first time ever,” said Bogdan.

In 2016 Coach Bogdan formed the first AGG/Aesthetic Group Gymnastics group in North Carolina. Bogdan and her specialized Grace Gymnastics Academy have quickly made a name for themselves.

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Fernanda Gutierrez
AGG Team Emerald Coach 

Fernanda Gutierrez started her rhythmic career at Emerald City when she was 10 years old. Her rhythmic journey was successful; however, after level 8, Fernanda decided to join an Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) team at Emerald City Rhythmics.

The team (Team Grace) was very new to the United States and to Emerald City Rhythmics. After a very successful year and lots of hard work under coach Elena Baltovick, at the end of the 2018 season, Team Grace became the USA National Team of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics. This was the very first National Team in America of AGG. Fernanda was always a gymnast with leadership skills and for two years she was Team Captain.

AGG has brought her many opportunities, including intensive training and competitions, traveling around the world, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and building strong friendships with her teammates. Fernanda has a wide understanding and love for this sport. In 2020, Fernanda was invited by the National Team Head Coach to coach AGG at Emerald City. Ms. Gutierez would like to be able to educate girls and boys about this truly beautiful sport so that it will grow and prosper in the United States. AGG does not have a huge following right now, and Fernanda would like to continue building this sport in the USA. Aesthetic Group Gymnastics also brings a wonderful experience of competing in international arenas in a professional sports setting. AGG gives gymnasts an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.

 
Fernanda’s accomplishments:​​
  • Gold medal United Cup 2017, Chicago, USA

  • Gold medal Four Continents Cup 2017 Chicago, USA

  • World Cup IV 2017, made finals, Chicago, USA

  • World Cup I 2018, made finals, Helsinki, Finland

  • Koop Cup, bronze medal, Montreal, Canada, 2018

  • World Championships 2018, made finals, Budapesht, Hungary

  • Louvre Cup, Bronze Medal, Paris, France 2018

  • Wold Cup III, made finals, 2018 Paris, France

  • PanAmerican Champions 2018 Santos, Brazil

  • World Cup IV 2018, made finals, Santos, Brazil

  • Ranked #9 Team in the World (2018)

  • Ranked #1 Team on American Continent 2018

  • Singapore Cup, bronze medalist, 2019 Singapore, Singapore

  • World Cup I, made finals, 2019, Singapore, Singapore

  • World Championships, Made finals, 2019 Murcia, Spain

  • Gold Medal First Inaugural Aurora Games 2019 in Albany, USA

  • Bronze Medal Tallinn Trophy 2019 Tallinn, Estonia

  • World Cup IV 2019, made finals, Tallinn, Estonia

  • Ranked #7 Team in the World (2019)

  • Ranked #1 Team on American Continent 2019