Friday, 12 October 2012

Skills: The Best of. Part 1: Floor Tumbles

As it says in the title. Some of these are more subjective than others, but a few cannot be argued with at all.

Best Double Arabian

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Anna Myzdrikova, Russia, 2009 Worlds EF

She stumbled on her third pass and handed her title away, but her other 3 passes were fantastic- one of which is a triple twist tuck back, perfectly done. THIS is amazing, legs glued together and knees at the same height (almost..she does correct it) is incredibly rare. Not to mention how light it is and how she plants the landing beautifully. Stunning. Others with great double arabians are Inna Sckarupa, Alicia Sacramone and Liubov Sheremeta.

Best Double Front

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 Ivana Hong, USA, 2008 Visa Nationals 

This was the easiest, because nobody's compares to this really. Mariya Livchikova came close, but this skill is famous for cowboying and basically everyone else is an offender. Glorious- knees together, feet pointed, light landing.

Best Double Piked Arabian (Dos Santos I)
 

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Chellsie Memmel, USA, 2008 Olympic Trials

This was really hard. Although it's one of the most difficult tumbles, there are still quite a few to choose from. The majority are quite crooked in the air. Chellsie's is also, but she corrects it and as well as being one of the straightest she also has great form in the air and sticks the landing. Most take a hop forward, or if they do stick it, it's ugly. Also, quite a lot land it dangerously low. Others in consideration were Sarah Finnegan and Alicia Sacramone.

Best Triple Full

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 Cheng Fei, CHN, 2004 Olympics TF

You would think it would be easy to pinpoint people who have a perfect one, and find examples on youtube. It isn't. So many beautifu floor workers with clean tumbling- Pavlova, Komova, Yao, Ukrainians en masse and many others all failed me. You think it's fine until you see it in better quality or on the replay. But Cheng throws out a perfect one, with zero crossing of the ankles. So high, clean and tidy with super perfect form.The only other that came close was Mattie Larson.

Best Double Double (Silivas)

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Mai Murakami, JPN, 2010 All Japan Gymnastics Championships

It can be tough to pick out the 'best' because not many have actually done it badly or had a rough landing. (Excusing the 80's originators on their unsuitable floor) It seems to be quite easy to keep form on, but some have better, cleaner tuck positions than others. Mai brings a lightness and grace to such a difficult power move. And what a landing! Others considered for this were Cheng Fei, Larisa Iordache and Jordyn Wieber.

Best Double Layout

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Lavinia Milosovici, ROM, 1994 Worlds EF

This is probably the most subjective of all. Countless times I went back and watched noted elegant tumblers with lovely floaty DLO's only to see leg seperations, a lot of piked positions in the second layout, bent knees, sickling of feet, totally flexed feet...urghh. To me, this is about as textbook as it gets. Beautiful. Others who came close were Mary Lou Retton, Mattie Larson and Cristina Bontas.

Part 2 will be a mixture of bars releases, bar and beam dismounts and leaps.

7 comments:

  1. I always loved Henrietta Onodi's triple fulls!

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    1. Hmm I'll have a look, thanks. I only remember 2 full-in tucks from her off the top of my head. It's very hard to 'take' tumbles from routine pre-1996 or so, because of the quality and angles.

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  3. Natalia Laschenova and Elena Gurova also had fantastic double layouts.

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    1. It's very hard to nitpick older tumbles because often the angle or quality means I can't really tell if it's perfect or not. For double layouts I did look at a huge amount of them. I was very impressed with Diana Dudeva's, one of the earliest, and then on a replay you see her legs are making a diamond shape.

      When I think of Laschenova's tumbling I think of her incredibly cowboyed double tucks..and I believe she had a routine that was entirely double tucks, bleurgh. Gurova would not have come to mind although I do love her.

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  4. Catalina Ponor had a fantastic DLO in the Olympics floor final - high, straight body, upright landing, and stuck cold. Pretty impressive at 5'3'' and 24!

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  5. Sorry this response is coming nearly a year later (!) but yeah, Laschenova had terribly cowboyed double tucks. But her double layout didn't have such issues that I remember of which is interesting to say the least. Gurova's double layout was nice and high along with really nice form (that I remember of anyways). Elena Abrashitova also had a beautiful double layout in that her body was almost perfectly straight. I don't think she was always consistent with the landing however. I also remember being impressed with Galieva's double layout in 1992 but again, I didn't see in slow-mo so who knows if my memory is faulty.

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