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Dalia Kutkaitė

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Country represented  Soviet Union
Discipline  Rhythmic gymnastics
Head coach(es)  Vaida Kubiliene
Name  Dalia Kutkaite
Residence  Madrid, Spain
Level  elite
Former coach(es)  Aldona Giryunine
Dalia Kutkaite wearing pink gymnastic leotard in her International Tournament
Born  11 February 1965 (age 50)Vilnius, Lithuania SSR, Soviet Union (1965-02-11)

Dalia KUTKAITE (URS) ball - 1984 Valladolid international AA


Gabriela Belous, 2008, Rope, Dalia Kutkaite Cup 2018


Dalia Kutkaite (Lithuanian: Dalia Kutkaitė; born 11 February 1965 in Vilnius, Lithuania) is retired Lithuanian rhythmic gymnast who competed for the Soviet Union. She is the 1982 European all-around champion and the 1983 World Cup Final all-around silver medalist. She is the most successful Lithuanian rhythmic gymnast to date.

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Career

On the left Young Dalia Kutkaitė while holding a ball at her tournament while on the right is adult Dalia Kutkaitė wearing black coat and necklace

Kutkaite started rhythmic gymnastics at age 7 years old under the advice of a kindergarten teacher to her mother, her first coach was Aldona Giryunine. She started out in the sport as sickly, frail, lacked musicality and dynamism under Vaida Kubiliene's tutelage. After feeling being left behind by other gymnasts, Kutkaite improved significantly and carefully examining the mistakes of others, she would become one of the leading Soviet gymnast of the 1980s along (with Marina Lobatch, Galina Beloglazova, and Tatiana Druchinina).

Dalia Kutkaitė wearing beige long sleeves and Ričardas Laniauskas in his white long sleeves while sitting on a couch

the 1980s marked the golden age of the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnasts, yet Kutkaite was amongst the leading gymnasts who defended for the medals of the Soviet Union.

Dalia Kutkaitė wearing gymnastic leotard in her tournament

Kutkaitė's first Worlds was at the 1981 World Championships where she finished 5h in all-around, At the 1982 European Championships, she was competing against a strong Bulgarian Team yet Kutkaite won with her complex, original and fast routines with calm like style. She defeated Lilia Ignatova of Bulgaria, winning gold in (all-around, clubs, ribbon) and silver medals in (ball, hoop).

Dalia Kutkaitė wearing black coat, black inner top and necklace

she won bronze medals in hoop and clubs at the 1983 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Strasbourg. The culmination of the first World Cup Final held in Belgrade in 1983, Kutkaitė won the all-around silver medal behind Bulgarian Lilia Ignatova, Kutkaite won gold in ribbon.

From 1978 to 1983 she won 15 titles in Lithuanian Championships.

After her retirement, she completed her University degree. She now lives in Spain. An annual international competition, the Dalia Kutkaite Cup is held in Vilnius, Lithuania.

References

Dalia Kutkaitė Wikipedia


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