Hoop from Another World

This hoop routine has quickly become my favorite this season. In terms of apparatus handling, speed, musicality, and expression, it is in a league of its own. The hoop does not stop moving from one risky element to the next. In this performance there is one very small error, but the overall complexity of the routine is just stunning. I can't wait to see a fully clean performance so that all the original elements really shine.

This season Neviana has really stepped up and become braver than ever in showing the unique work of the Bulgarian gymnastics style. She is not only the best Bulgarian gymnast, but has earned a position as best in the world. He hoop technique is hard to match by her rivals. It's so thrilling to watch a great gymnast blossom into a truly amazing one.


Olena Diachenko's Leotards Look Simply Stunning, Only on Her

Even gymnasts don't look as thin as they really are on camera. Very few can wear one-color, long leotards well unless they have,  well, essentially, the body of the super model.

In fact, I don't think anyone after Tamara Erofeeva has been able to pull of this look except maybe Daria Kushnerova, who retired way too early. Before that, Olga Gontar and Ekaterina Serebryanskaya both looked out of this world in all white in the 1990s.

Olena Diachenko is that one-in-a-million woman.  She has been wearing all black, all white and dark red with some sparkle, but, essentially, with clean lines that emphasize her amazing legs. I don't think anyone else in the world elite can show this look quite so successfully. I know Mazur is next in line to be the top gymnast in the Ukraine but I really hope this girl gets her chance because she just makes the hardest things look so graceful! She just dazzles with her gorgeous silhouette and fills the carpet with her elegance.


Anna Rizatdinova Withdraws from Grand Prix Kiev Due to Foot Injury

According to the source below, Anna has a foot injury that seems to have bothered her for a while, but got worse recently.

Ganna only performed a hoop routine at the event and did not appear for the other three performances. Coincidentally, Ukraine's number 2, Viktoria Mazur has stated in recent interviews that she is ready to be the new leader of the Ukrainian national team. Perhaps Ganna's withdrawal was not that unexpected after all.

While it would be wonderful to see Viktoria, who is extremely beautiful and talented, blossom into Ukraine's new prima, it is highly unlikely that Viktoria will reach the level that Ganna has been demonstrating in recent years. At least not during this season. This season was a chance for Ganna to take number one in the world after Kudryavtseva (and most likely Mamun) from Russia retired. It seems, at this stage, that luck is not on Ganna's side.

Still, it is too early to jump to conclusions before we have heard from Ganna herself. Let's wish her the best of health going forward!