Olari Gymnastics Association (OVO)
Olari Gymnastics Association (OVO) was founded in Espoo Finland in 1981. Today OVO offers Aesthetics Group Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and a variety of gymnastic lessons as a hobby for its over 1 750 members. Some 250 girls compete in Aesthetics Group Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics. Ms. Anneli Laine-Näätänen is the Head Coach.
With seven World Championship gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal OVO is the leading association in Aesthetics Group Gymnastics. Its group Dynamo was a forerunner in this field with four gold medals. Team Deltat was the winner in 2008 and 2009. Deltat also finished third in the 2007 World Cup and won the World Cup in 2008 while team Ampeerit finished third. Team Fotonit was the World Champion in 2010 and Team Ampeerit won the World Cup. OVO Team finished third in the World Cup on 2011 and second in 2012. OVO has won the IFAGG (International Federation for Aesthetics Group Gymnastics) Junior Championships four times in a row. Deltat were the Junior Champions in 2005, Alfat in 2006, Ampeerit in 2007 and Fotonit in 2008. Team Fosforit won silver medals in 2010. OVO has 24 teams that compete ranging from 6-7 year old girls to seniors.
In rhythmic gymnastics OVO is a leading club in Finland. Anneli Laine-Näätänen acted as the coach for the Finnish national team in 2010-11. The team finished 17th in the 2010 World Championships and was working hard to improve the relative position of Finland so that Finland could make it to the Olympic Games in 2016. OVO junior group won gold medals in the national championships in 2008 and 2009 and made it to the European Championships 2009. In the Nordic Championships 2008 OVO junior team finished third. OVO's junior and senior groups represented Finland in World and European Championships already in 1997-2001, gaining their best result in 1997 European Championships when the junior group was 10th.
In rhytmic gymnastics individual seniors Johanna Vikkula represented Finland in the 2009 European and World Championships. In the Finnish National Championships 2009 she accomplished silver medal in all around competition. In rhythmic gymnastics the most successful individual OVO gymnast has been Ksenija Akkonen who won Finnish Championships and Nordic Championships in 2002 and placed 26th in the European Championships.
The City of Espoo, Lumene Cosmetics and David gym wear are sponsoring OVO.
AGG competition rules (link to The Finnish Gymnastics Federation´s website)
Membership to IFAGG (link to IFAGG´s website)