Waiting for These Elements to Magically Appear in New Routines

Fans, I have some of the more spectacular apparatus difficulties from the not-so-distant past that I would really like see performed once more. Some of these are signature elements that I haven't seen for over 10 years now. In Diana Popova's case, the elegant ball catch where she is spinning her back has not been done since the mid-1990s. Filipa Siderova and Lyubomira Vasileva who are shown with ball both trained with Mariana Vassileva who has since moved on to working with the Azeri team.







If Somebody Ever Told Her This Could Not Be Done, She Would Have Kept Spinning

Teodora Alexandrova is the 1995 European Junior Champion, who also won gold with hoop, and silver with rope, clubs, and ribbon at this European Championship. She started rhythmic gymnastics in 1986, which is before the time current gymnasts were born, but she has a lot to show in terms of her pirouette technique, her risks with the apparatus, and the overall brilliant, perfect control and confidence she demonstrated.

I have watched Teodora in practice for many hours and I always felt amazed to see that her enthusiasm keeps shining in her eyes even after 8 hours of doing the same elements. The same elements, which most gymnasts in the world would never dare to try. I have two amazing routines for you. In one of them, you can barely hear the music because of the Japanese fans screaming. Well deserved. Unforgettable.

Many theories attempt to explain why some gymnasts have better technique than others in terms of pirouettes. Does height have to do with it? Is it natural, or all learned?

In Teodora's case, we can say that she had all the natural talent imaginable, but it would not have been enough for her to execute these routines if she didn't have the impenetrable psychological preparation that came with them. Can you tell that her center of gravity is somewhere deep in her beautiful mind, so nothing can shake it out of balance? :-)


Favorite Leotards - World Championship 2015

The leotards I loved the most this year at Stuttgart were those of the Italian Bertolini and the Spanish prima Rodriguez.  I like this orange, gold, and black, though the combination is not for everyone:

I would wear this leo Bertolini showed with clubs, but where would I go? :-)

As usual, it seemed like Nazarenkova just looked gorgeous in anything, but there is black and blue for the rest of us, and then there is Nazarenkova's black and blue:

Also, the Japanese girls had some truly elegant ones, like this:

Then, there is Victoria Mazur, who is so beautiful, even without glitter:

Finally, from two of my favorite gymnasts: Varvara and Salome. I loved the leotards but not the choice of ribbon to go with them: