Miss Valentine is an international gymnastics tournament held each year in February in Estonia.
The tradition started in 1995, when Janika Mölder, world champion in rhythmic gymnastics, organized the first competition. Every year on Valentine’s day the event brings together some of the best gymnasts in the world to celebrate gymnastics.
Why on Valentine’s day? Janika wanted to invite friends from different countries to her hometown Tartu and chose St. Valentine’s Day for that, a day of friendship and love.
The festivity plays an important role in bringing warmth and grace to the crispy Estonian winter and is highly appreciated by the local audience. Miss Valentine is known for its enjoyable ambience and cheering crowd. Local people know that every year in February Tartu is filled with gymnasts and during the Miss Valentine week it is almost impossible to find a place in town where there are no gymnasts.
As one of the oldest gymnastics competition worldwide it is visited each year by gymnastics stars and champions both in rhythmic and aesthetic group gymnastics. More than 1100 gymnasts from 30 countries took part of Miss Valentine in 2014, making it also one of the biggest gymnastics competitions worldwide.
Aesthetic group gymnastics was included in Miss Valentine’s program in year 2000. Ever since Miss Valentine combines successfully the two sports in a three-day event.
One of the highlights of the festivities is awarding the most graceful gymnasts with a special titel of Miss Valentine, to accentuate also the artistic side of the sports.
Miss Valentine reached another milestone in 2013, by organizing the first ever FIG rhythmic gymnastics World Cup event in Nordic countries. In the coming event Miss Valentine will host the IFAGG World Cup and Challenge Cup event.
Miss Valentine tournament celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.