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    Loving that Afan leaves with 3 gold and a silver....matching Mustafina.

    Only shame is Demtieva, I guess she's not back

    There's a case to made for Nabieva ahead of Grishina going into 2014. Shame there's no team comp at worlds.

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    Moving from tennis thread

    Afanaseyva won the vault event with an Amanar and a Lopez : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoutY0sxiQg\
    Mustafina won the UB event : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmoD5ltnjmE
    Nabieva came second : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmoD5ltnjmE

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    Why was that in the tennis thread?

    for Afan, Musty, Nabs, and Demented

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    I don't think anybody blames Afan or any gymnasts for doing what the code rewards since it doesn't reward actual choreography. I think people are just lamenting. What makes it worse is that we know what Afan can do given the right code.

    That said, I think many gym fans were spoiled in the Soviet days because they were always doing above and beyond what was required to get a 10.0 or a 9.9+. That said, it's just not possible with this open-ended judging system and stringent deductions being in place (on certain things while others don't get deducted enough).

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    Men and I are like pianos - when they get upright, I feel grand!

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    More tributeS:

    Elena Shevchenko -Big Spender/Pink Panther. The signature routine from the Soviet badass. (80's hair warning)

    Maria Filatova - Sublime, just sublime

    Aurelia Dobre - Yes, Sasha Cohen had a twin who did gymnastics.
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    Let's not forget the captivating Henrietta Onodi, who gave us this transcendent floor routine at the Olympics and another dramatic one at Worlds, all in the same year.
    Men and I are like pianos - when they get upright, I feel grand!

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    More epic expression from Natalia Frolova. I believe Grosheva later used this in 1996. I wonder if any skater has used it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by siouxdonym View Post
    More epic expression from Natalia Frolova. I believe Grosheva later used this in 1996. I wonder if any skater has used it?
    The music sounds so familiar...

    I got it!

    Elaine Zayak's 1994 SP:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kOLzvxxm8

    The music is "Sinfonia per un Addio".

    I wonder if others have skated to it too.
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    Thanks for posting Frolova. I haven't watched that in years and I'd forgotten how exquisite that exercise was. Another couple of favourites:

    Elena Naimushina her musicality and effervescence are just thrilling.

    Natalia Ilienko Seriously stunning.

    And this is why I and many many others will keep bitching about shitty FX in today's gymnastics. The sooner TPTB realise that no one cares about crappily executed pirouettes and a split jump that needs about 5 seconds of preparation but still looks as though she did it wrong......the better!

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    A beautiful, underrated dancer. Liu Xuan.. The whole 2000 Chinese team brought their A-game on floor choreo.

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    A beautiful, underrated dancer. Liu Xuan.. The whole 2000 Chinese team brought their A-game on floor choreo.

    Quote Originally Posted by floskate
    Elena Naimushina her musicality and effervescence are just thrilling.

    Natalia Ilienko Seriously stunning.
    I'm a Naimushina uber I love how she literally MARCHES to her starting position.

    And didn't Ilienko win the FX World title with that performance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelfsfan View Post
    While we're on the subject of floor routines with good choreography ...

    I bet Stravinsky never imagined his music could inspire such a voidy floor routine.
    You know, that choreo is not totally unlike what Nijinsky came up with for the Rite of Spring premiere performance.
    She performs a sacrificial dance...and she tumbles.

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    RG University Games livestream http://www.livefisu.tv/liveevent/event/846455

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    Thanks so much everyone for those early 80s USSR routines. I missed a lot of them in the pre-VCR/pre-internet/boycott years between 1980 and 1984. I would somehow catch US Nationals on TV, but Worlds wasn't always well advertized (and I was usually working weekends) until Mary Lou Retton came along. And of course no US TV for Moscow 1980.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Gymnastics News No.12 Part Deux!

    Maroney!!! The U.S. Classic looks HOT! Can't wait!
    -Brian
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    I know it's called The Secret U.S classic because of the sponsor, but it makes it sound like they don't want any to know about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitneyskates View Post
    I know it's called The Secret U.S classic because of the sponsor, but it makes it sound like they don't want any to know about it
    It's not as bad as Cancer presents Skate America or something like that.

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    The name reminds me of other names that fans have for events. Like the American Cup which people call SCAM Cup because it is always such a scam and the judging and scoring is so biased to the Americans. Many gymnasts from other countries refuse to even compete.
    -Brian
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