Israel’s Linoy Ashram continues to rack up rhythmic gymnastics medals

Whether it’s Hoop, Ball, Clubs or Ribbon, is making a name for herself after winning 24 medals across all competitions this past year. Just this week, Ashram became the first Sabra to take home a silver medal in the World Championships being held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the Hoop discipline and her future couldn’t be brighter.

The 19-year old began training as a rhythmic gymnast at the age of seven and took part in her first international competition as a 12-year-old. Since then, it’s been up, up and away for the unstoppable Ashram. Having won medals of all colors, shapes and sizes – from Grand Prix to World Games and European Championships – the silver medal at the World Championships is the result of Ashram’s continuing upward arc thanks to her determination, desire and hard work to be the best of the best.

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Ashram may be in the headlines now as she continues her climb towards greatness, but her illustrious past will show that there was never a doubt that the Rishon Lezion native was a star in the making.

As a junior, Ashram won bronze medals at the 2014 Junior European Championships, which propelled her to the Youth Olympic Games in China where she was the Israeli flag bearer at the closing ceremonies. That same November she won her first competitive gold medal in the all-around in Austria.

After a successful year, Ashram made her senior circuit debut at the 2015 Moscow Grand Prix, where she finished an impressive fourth in the all-around.

From there, the rest was history. Ashram became a medal threat at every single competition she entered and took home five medals at the 2015 Brno, Czech Republic Grand Prix. 2016 saw Ashram continue to pick up hardware, winning a variety of medals in Eilat, Tashkent and Ljubljana.

2017 was another banner year for Ashram as she not only won five medals at the Maccabiah Games, but also hit the jackpot at last year’s World Championships held in Pesaro, Italy. Ashram won a pair of bronze medals in the all-around and Ribbon exercises, becoming the first Israeli rhythmic gymnast to win an individual all-around medal and the only the second Israeli to win a medal in the competition.

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