Created by the Swiss artist Jean-Pierre GerberIngeborga Dapkunaite gives the Longines Prize for Elegance to Daria Kondakova
Longines, official timekeeper and data handler at the 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2010, is pleased to announce that the Longines Prize for Elegance has been given to Daria Kondakova from Russia. The young gymnast received the prize from the actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Longines Ambassador of Elegance. This award decorates the athlete having demonstrated the most remarkable elegance in the course of an international competition at world level. Prize winner Daria Kondakova was honoured with a trophy created by the Swiss artist Jean-Pierre Gerber, a Longines PrimaLuna watch and a cheque for US$ 5,000. Furthermore, Longines was happy to be in Moscow to admire the performance of its Ambassador of Elegance, Evgeniya Kanaeva, the Olympic all-around gold medalist. She impressed the judges with her outstanding performance and won the 2010 World Champion title in individual all-around.
In gymnastics, the challenge of movement not only demands flawless execution, but also intangible grace, beauty and harmony known as “elegance”. At the 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, all participants in the individual all-around finals held on Friday September 24th, 2010 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, charisma 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 Dr. Bruno Grandi, President of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), the actress Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, and Dmitri Dimitriev, Brand Manager Longines Russia. 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, Daria Kondakova received a cheque for US$ 5,000 and the official watch of the 30th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, a Longines PrimaLuna model, representing the contemporary elegance of Longines.
Longines was also happy to be in Moscow to admire the performance of its Ambassador of Elegance, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, Russian rhythmic gymnast, Evgeniya Kanaeva, who won the 2010 World Champion title in individual all-around.