A Fair Podium, Maybe

Once in a while, we, fans, see the gymnasts we actually enjoy watching. I think the top 3 spots at the World Games in Cali ended up in harmony with fan preferences. Now that judges are taking and re-taking their qualification exams,  I can't help but wonder if the next competition will bring more results looking like this, Staniouta from Belarus, next to Rizatdinova from the Ukraine:

I happen to prefer Staniouta, as a gymnast, but both Maksymenko and Rizatdinova are showing significant improvement, and they always had a lot of charm and expression. The World Championship in Kiev will likely bring many medals to the Ukrainian team and I hope these medals come without depriving other deserving competitors.

1 comment:

  1. "I hope these medals come without depriving other deserving competitors"
    - and what does that mean? Doesn't the rest of the world fight for the scraps that fall from Russia's table?
    I think Melitina sees the funny side in having a camera pushed in her face while to make it look like she's singing. I think she practices the gymnastics a lot more than the singing ;)