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Melitina StanioutaMelitina Staniouta (Belarusian: Меліціна Дзмітрыеўна Станюта, Russian: Мелитина Дмитриевна Станюта, born in Minsk, Belarus on November 15th, 1993, is an individual rhythhmic gymnast, coach and multiple medalist of world and European championships.

European Games – 2015 World Cup, the champion of the Universiade-2015. At the 2012 Games in London, took 12th place in Rio 2016 – 5th Honored Master of Sports of Belarus in 2015.

She is a three-time (2015, 2013, 2010) World all-around bronze medalist, the 2014 European Championships all-around silver medalist, and 2009 Grand Prix Final all-around bronze medalist.

Melitina is the great-granddaughter of Belarusian actress Stefaniya Staniouta. Multi-lingual Staniouta speaks Russian, Belarusian, English and French.

Staniouta first took up the sport of rhythmic gymnastics in 1998. In 2005, she started to train with former Belarusian rhythmic gymnast Larissa Loukianenko, and she was included in the national team.

Staniouta won a number of junior medals, including at the 2008 European Junior Championships winning the silver medal in ribbon and rope.

In 2009, Staniouta debuted as a senior and won two medals at the 2009 World Championships in Mie. She won bronze in the rope event at the Rhythmic Gymnastics FIG World Cup Series in Pesaro 2009 and All-around at the 2009 Grand Prix Final in Berlin.

At the 2009 World Cup Series' last stage, she won the bronze medal in All-around, a silver medal for rope, and bronze medals for hoop, ball and ribbon in the finals.

Staniouta repeated her success in 2010 and won the bronze medal in the All-around at the World Cup Series' last stage. She was also the all around bronze medalist and won a bronze in rope finals at the 2010 World Championships, she broke her foot during competition but continued to compete.

Melitina StanioutaFollowing the event she had an iron pin put into her foot and missed several months of competition. She also suffered a broken finger, leg and collarbone in 2010. In 2011, Staniouta continued to struggle with injuries throughout both the World Cup and the Grand Prix season.

In 2012, Staniouta competed at the 2012 European Championships and finished 6th in All-around. At the World Cup series in Minsk, she won bronze medals in hoop, clubs and ribbon final ahead of fellow Belarusian Liubov Charkashyna.

She competed in her first Olympics in 2012 London and finished 12th at the qualifications but did not advance to the Top 10 finals.

Staniouta returned to competition in the 2013 season under the new Code of Points system in rhythmic gymnastics. She won the silver medal in all-around at the first World Cup series held in Tartu, Estonia.

At the Thiais Grand Prix, Staniouta won bronze medal in clubs, hoop and ribbon finals. At the second World Cup series of the season held in Lisbon, Portugal, Staniouta won the silver medal in ribbon and bronze in clubs final.

She won her first World Cup all-around gold medal at the 2013 Irina Deleanu Cup, edging out Ukrainian Alina Maksymenko (silver) and Russian Daria Svatkovskaya (bronze).

Staniouta won the 2013 World Cup Pesaro in all-around beating Russians Maria Titova and Daria Svatkovskaya for the gold, she won three gold medals at the event finals in ball, clubs and ribbon.

At the 2013 Corbeil-Essonnes World Cup, Staniouta won the silver in All-around, she won another silver medal in ball and bronze in clubs final.

She competed in a home crowd at the 2013 Minsk World Cup where she won bronze in all-around, she was able to win two gold medals in the event finals in clubs and ribbon.

Melitina StanioutaStaniouta then competed at the 2013 European Championships in Vienna, Austria and together with her teammates ( Katsiaryna Halkina and Arina Charopa) won the Team bronze medal.

She won bronze in hoop and clubs final. Staniouta competed at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan where she won silver in hoop behind Margarita Mamun.

Staniouta won 2 gold medals (clubs and ball) at the 2013 World Games in Cali beating Ukrainians Rizatdinova and Maksymenko. At the 2013 World Cup series in St.Petersburg, Russia, Staniouta won the silver in all-around ahead of Russian Yana Kudryavtseva and won bronze medals in hoop, clubs final.

At the 2013 World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine, Staniouta qualified for all 4 event finals where she won bronze medals in ribbon and ball, placed 5th in hoop and 7th in clubs.

She won the All-around bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships with an overall score of 72.166 points. In October, she competed at the 2013 Grand Prix Brno and won bronze in the all-around, hoop, ball, ribbon and silver in clubs.

On October 25th through 27th, Staniouta competed at the World Club Championship, the 2013 Aeon Cup in Tokyo, Japan representing team Dinamo (together with teammate Katsiaryna Halkina) won the team silver. She also won the silver medal in the All-around finals ahead of Mamun.

Staniouta began the 2014 season by competing at LA Lights and won the all-around gold medal ahead of Rizatdinova. She finished 7th in all-around at the 2014 Moscow Grand Prix and won bronze medal in ball.

In her next event, Staniouta finished 6th in all-round at the 2014 Thiais Grand Prix and won gold medal in ribbon ( tied with Ganna Rizatdinova ).

Melitina StanioutaShe competed at the 2014 Stuttgart World Cup where she finished 4th in all-around. In event finals: she won silver in ball and 3 bronze medals (in hoop, clubs and ribbon).

Staniouta then won silver in all-around at the 2014 Lisboa World Cup, she qualified to 3 event finals where she won gold in hoop and silver in ball.

Following her next event at the 2014 Pesaro World Cup, she finished 8th in all-around and won bronze medal in clubs final.

On May 3rd through 5th, Staniouta then competed at the 2014 Kalamata Cup and won the all-around gold medal.

On May 22nd through 24th, Staniouta competed at the 2014 Tashkent World Cup where she finished 5th in all-around behind Neta Rivkin.

She qualified to all 4 event finals winning 3 silver medals (hoop, clubs, ribbon) and bronze in ball. In her next event, Staniouta won the all-around silver medal at the 2014 Minsk World Cup ahead of Margarita Mamun.

In the event finals, she won gold in ribbon and bronze (clubs, ball). On June 10th through 15th, Staniouta went to collect the silver medal in the individual all around competition at the 2014 European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, being the first all-around medal for a Belarusian gymnast, 14 years after Yulia Raskina at the 2000 European Championships in Zaragoza.

On August 8th through –10th, Staniouta then competed at the 2014 Sofia World Cup and finished 4th in all-around after a last seconds roll out of her ball and drop in her clubs.

She qualified to 2 event finals winning silver in hoop and ribbon. On September 5th through 7th, competing at the 2014 World Cup series in Kazan, Staniouta took the all-around bronze medal with a total of 72.350 points.

She qualified to all 4 event finals and won 2 silver (in clubs, ribbon), a bronze in ball and 5th in hoop.

Melitina StanioutaOn September 22nd through 28th, Staniouta - along with teammates Katsiaryna Halkina and Arina Charopa) represented Belarus at the 2014 World Championships where they took the Team silver with a total of 136.073 points.

She qualified to 3 event finals taking bronze in ball, 4th in ribbon and 7th in clubs. In the all-around, Staniouta ended up finishing 7th overall after a few errant mistakes and drop from her clubs and ball routine.

On October 17th through 19th, Staniouta traveled in Tokyo for the 2014 Aeon Cup, representing team Dinamo club (together with teammate Katsiaryna Halkina and junior Mariya Trubach) won the team silver. She won the All-around bronze medal in the finals ahead of Ganna Rizatdinova.

In the 2015 season, Staniouta's first competition was at the 2015 L.A. Lights where she won the all-around silver medal behind Ukraine's Ganna Rizatdinova.

At the 2015 Moscow Grand Prix, she won the all-around bronze medal. In event finals, she won gold in clubs, silver in (hoop, ball) and 4th in ribbon. She then competed at the 2015 Baltic Hoop and won the all-around gold ahead of senior debutant Irina Annenkova. '

In the event finals, Staniouta took gold in hoop, silver in clubs and bronze in ribbon. On April 3rd through 5th, Staniouta competed at the 2015 Bucharest World Cup and finished all-around bronze, in apparatus finals, she won bronze in hoop, ball, ribbon and placed 6th in clubs.

From April 10th to 12th, Staniouta placed 5th in all-around at the 2015 Pesaro World Cup behind Ukraine's Ganna Rizatdinova and she qualified for 4 event finals taking silver in ball, bronze in hoop, ribbon and placing 8th in clubs.

At the 2015 European Championships in Minsk, Staniouta won a total of 5 medals: silver in (hoop, ribbon, team) and bronze (clubs, ball).

At the 2015 Grand Prix Berlin, Staniouta won the all-around silver behind Margarita Mamun, she qualified to all 4 event finals and won gold in ribbon, bronze in hoop, ball and clubs.

Melitina StanioutaOn June 15th to the 21st, Staniouta competed at the inaugural 2015 European Games where she won the all-around bronze with a total of 73.100 points (a personal best), she qualified to all 4 apparatus finals: taking silver in hoop, bronze in ball, clubs and 4th in ribbon.

Her next competition was at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, Korea were Staniouta won the all-around bronze behind Ganna Rizatdinova. She qualified to all apparatus finals taking gold in ribbon, silver in clubs, bronze in hoop and 4th in ball.

In August, Staniouta competed at the 2015 Budapest World Cup winning bronze in the all-around, in apparatus finals, she won bronze in hoop, ball, clubs and finished 6th in ribbon.

In her next competition at the 2015 Sofia World Cup, Staniouta finished 4th in the all-around behind Ganna Rizatdinova. She qualified to all the apparatus finals taking silver in ball, bronze in hoop, placed 4th in clubs and 5th in ribbon.

At the 2015 World Cup series in Kazan, Staniouta finished 4th in the all-around behind Aleksandra Soldatova, Staniouta qualified for all apparatus finals taking bronze in ball, ribbon, finished 5th in hoop and 8th in clubs.

On September 9th through the 13th, Staniouta (together with teammates Katsiaryna Halkina, Hanna Bazhko and Arina Charopa) competed at the 2015 World Championships in Stuttgart, with Team Belarus winning the silver medal.

Staniouta also qualified to all apparatus finals taking bronze in ball, 4th in (hoop, clubs, ribbon) and in the all-around finals; Staniouta finished 3rd edging out Salome Pazhava of Georgia for the bronze medal.

On October 2nd through 4th, Staniouta together with teammates Arina Charopa and junior Yulia Isachanka represented Team Dinamo Minsk at the 2015 Aeon Cup in Tokyo Japan, Staniouta finished 4th in the individual all-around finals and with team Belarus finishing 3rd in the overall standings.

Melitina StanioutaIn 2016, Staniouta began her season by competing at the 2016 Grand Prix Moscow finishing 5th in the all-around and took a bronze in clubs final.

On February 26th through 28th, Staniouta competed in the first World Cup of the season at the 2016 Espoo World Cup finishing 4th in the all-around behind Korean Son Yeon-Jae; she won bronze in clubs, ball, placed 9th in hoop and 7th in ball.

On March 12th through13th, Staniouta competed at the MTM Tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia where she won the all-around silver with a total of 73.350 points behind Russian Margarita Mamun in the apparatus finals; she won gold in ball and silver in hoop, clubs, ribbon.

At the 30th Thiais Grand Prix event in Paris, Staniouta won the all-around bronze ahead of Ganna Rizatdinova, she won bronze medals in hoop, ball clubs and silver in ribbon final.

On April 1st through 3rd, Staniouta competed at the 2016 Pesaro World Cup where she finished 6th in the all-around, she qualified 3 event finals: took bronze in ball, 4th in hoop, and 5th in ribbon.

On May 6th to the 8th, Staniouta competed at the Brno Grand Prix taking silver in the all-around with a total of 74.600 points; she qualified to all 4 apparatus finals winning silver in ball, clubs, bronze in hoop and 4th in ribbon.

On May 13th to 15th, Staniouta won the all-around gold at the Bucharest Grand Prix with a total of 74.150 points, ahead of the Averina Twins (Arina and Dina) respectively. She qualified to all apparatus finals: taking gold in hoop, ball, ribbon and placed 4th in clubs.

She won bronze in the all-around at the 2016 Minsk World Cup with a total of 73.950 points, in the event finals: she won a silver in hoop, 2 bronze medals (ball, clubs) and placed 5th in ribbon.

Melitina StanioutaOn June 3rd to the 5th, Staniouta then finished 5th in the all-around behind Son Yeon-Jae at the 2016 Guadalajara World Cup, she finished 5th in (hoop, ball, clubs) and won silver in ribbon finals.

On June 17th through 19th, Staniouta competed at the 2016 European Championships where she finished in 4th place with a total of 73.715 points.

On July 1st to 3rd, Staniouta competed at the 2016 Berlin World Cup winning the All-around silver with a total of 73.900 points behind Russia's Dina Averina, Staniouta qualified to all apparatus finals winning gold in hoop (tied with Ganna Rizatdinova), silver in ball, clubs and bronze in ribbon (tied with Salome Pazhava).

On July 8th through 10th, Staniouta then finished 5th in the all-around at the 2016 Kazan World Cup with a total of 74.150 points behind Korea's Son Yeon-Jae, Staniouta qualified to 3 apparatus finals winning silver in ribbon and bronze in ball, clubs.

On August 19th and 20th, Staniouta competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She qualified to the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final where she finished 5th overall after a drop in her clubs routine.

On December 23rd, Staniouta announced her retirement from the sport and ended her career in the 2016 Season.

Staniouta has appeared in a commercial ad for Bon Aqua. She is also one of Belarus' United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Celebrity representatives.

On the 22nd of December, 2016 gymnast Melitina Staniouta decided to complete her career. Her farewell performance will take place at the international tournament Baby Cup in Minsk, Belarus.

"In fact, in the last couple of months I knew that the last season was likely to be my final. Yet a decision about retirement is impossible to make come overnight. It matured in my mind a very long time, there were some doubts. However, I believe that it is better to leave now."



Then came the invasion of the Ukraine that the president of Belarus lent his support to Putin.

She made it known that she was opposed to the Lukashenko regime - the Olympic medalist has never known a world without Lukashenko. He became president in July 1994 when Staniouta was eight months old.

After Alexander Lukashenko's presidential re-election in August 2020, tens of thousands of civilians took to the streets in peaceful protest and faced brutal repression.

The gymnast was at the forefront of those protests against the autocrat Aleksander Lukashenko . Despite the threats of purging and excluding her from national teams, as well as withdrawing any economic aid from her government to athletes who demonstrate against her regime, Melitina always stood up.

In those bitter days, the former rhythmic gymnast Melitina Staniouta's Instagram became an essential chronicle of what was happening, documenting riot police beating peaceful civilians, security forces dragging men through the streets, and women's faces covered in blood.

“I feel that I must spread the truth” she stated then. “Maybe if I didn't care about my country, I would close my eyes and try not to listen to anything. But I can not. I can't and I won't. Belarus is a small country, not in the European Union, and nobody cares.

I've traveled a lot and I can't say that many people know. When I say I'm from Belarus, they say, 'Oh, that's Russia.' I say: 'No, it's Belarus.'That's why I was thinking I should do it. I must share this violence, these horrible videos and what is happening in the 21st century in the center of Europe” she concluded.

Now, Melitina Staniouta feels trapped between fear and desolation and after years showing the world the injustices of her country, she asks that her country be fair to her.

Melitina publishes details of her brilliant career in the hope of receiving help. “I have been doing rhythmic gymnastics for 20 years (1996-2016). I have been a member of the Belarus national team for 10 years. I won 24 medals in European and world championships. I participated in 2 Olympic Games."

"Right after ending my sports career in 2016, I started working as a coach in numerous countries including North and South America, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Japan and others. I have done over 100 masterclasses/training camps since then. I have a university degree diploma in sports coaching."

"I speak Belarusian, Russian, English, a little Spanish and French. Please help me, I will appreciate any answers ” concludes the gymnast who has also published several Stories on her Instagram profile."

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