31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2011Delphine Ledoux receives the Longines Prize for Elegance in Montpellier
Longines, official timekeeper and data handler at the 31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2011, is pleased to announce that the Longines Prize for Elegance has been given to the French Delphine Ledoux. This award decorates the athlete having demonstrated the most remarkable elegance in the course of an international competition at world level.
Furthermore, Longines was happy to be in Montpellier to admire the performance of its Ambassador of Elegance, Evgenia Kanaeva, who won the six individual gold medals of the championship.
In gymnastics, the challenge of movement not only demands flawless execution, but also intangible grace, beauty and harmony known as “elegance”. At the 31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, all participants in the individual all-around finals held on Friday September 23rd, 2011 were nominated for the Longines Prize for Elegance.
The athletes under consideration for the prize are evaluated according to a number of complementary criteria. In addition to technical considerations, each athlete’s performance is judged with respect to emotional appeal, beauty, charm as well as grace and harmony of movement. Clearly, each juror interprets these criteria individually.
The jury of the Longines Prize for Elegance brought together Prof. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), the former French gymnast Eva Serrano and Alain Henry, Director of Longines France. The jury’s individual assessments were combined to form a collective judgment reflecting a perceptive and balanced evaluation of the athletes’ performances.
The Longines Prize for Elegance is presented in the form of a trophy created especially for Longines by the Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Gerber. In addition, the proud winner Delphine Ledoux received a cheque for US$ 5,000 and the official watch of the 31st Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, a Longines DolceVita model in steel and rose gold with diamonds, a model that perfectly represents the contemporary elegance of Longines.
Longines was also happy to be in Montpellier to admire the performance of its Ambassador of Elegance, Russian champion, Evgenia Kanaeva. She impressed and enthralled the judges and won the six individual gold medals of the 2011 championships, for the second time in her career.