Tradition started in 1995
In 2019 the event marked it's 25th anniversary
The Miss Valentine International Gymnastics Competition is held in Estonia every February.
The tradition started in 1995, when Janika Mölder, a Rhythmic Gymnastics World Champion, organized the first competition. Every year, on or around Valentine’s day, the event brings together some of the best gymnasts in the world to compete and celebrate the beauty and athleticism of gymnastics. As one of the oldest Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions worldwide, the Miss Valentine competition has built a loyal following and is visited each year by both Rhythmic and Aesthetic Group Gymnastics stars and champions.
Why on Valentine’s Day?
Friendly atmosphere and supporting crowd
Janika wanted to invite friends from different countries to her hometown of Tartu and chose St. Valentine’s Day for that, a day of friendship and love.
The competition plays an important role in bringing warmth and grace to the crisp Estonian winter and is highly appreciated by the local audience. Miss Valentine is known for its friendly ambiance and cheering crowds. The locals know that every February Tartu is filled with gymnasts and that during the competition week it is almost impossible to find a place in town where there are no gymnasts. Aesthetic Group Gymnastics was first included in the Miss Valentine competition in 2000. Ever since then, the competition has successfully combined the two sports into an action-packed four-day event.