It’s interesting Lis that you say Khorkina was “comparatively” little when this clip was made, which I take it you mean little compared to her final adult height. It’s a kind of hard to tell, but if you compare her height in this video to that of the beam, it looks like she was already around 5 feet tall. That’s really tall for a 13-year-old gymnast. A lot of these elite gymnasts are still 4 and a half feet tall or less at that age. I have always been amazed that Khorkina did so well with such an unusual body-type for an elite gymnast. She was not only tall (for a gymnast) and skinny, if you look at most of her pictures from her Olympic competitions, she didn’t even have much muscular definition in her arms and legs.
Was it common in the 90′s to land beam round-offs with only one foot? She does all her tricks out of round-offs (including the dismount) pushing off of just one leg. Don’t see many gymnasts doing that these days.
I think it was her height that “forced” her to do gainers instead. Too tall = hard to tumble is my best guess. Her layout full that she never lands consistently was a gainer as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnDDTqbYWH4
Nothing like Kui’s layout full because of her extremely low landing but pretty decent for a tall gymnast :)
The Russians have longevity because they have no depth, they don’t have to kill themselves to make the team. The US girls know if they don’t bring it every time they compete there’s someone right behind them to take their spot.
Do people really believe Jo and Aly would have a better chance at making Rio if they were in the gym right now? I don’t. In fact I think they have a better chance by taking a year off. I’m not naive, I don’t think any of them will be in Rio history tells me the team will be made up of girls who wont turn senior until 2015.
But I think their best chance is to aim for Covergirl/Secret Whatever Classic 2014. Plenty of time to get back in shape and build up their difficulty for 2015-2016. But that’s just me. Sometimes when I’m down I like to imagine Jo winning the AA in Rio. A girl can have a dream.
None of US women gymnasts make the next Olympic spot since Sydney 2000. Jordyn has accumulated injuries that ruined her AA chance in London and she seems to go to college the next. Kyla is the only one who keeps training for the next year so she may have bigger chance among the Fierce 5 to make the next Olympic but not very much in general because the inner competition in US is also so fierce.
Yes, extreme depth. None of the FF were ‘needed’ at the Olympics. If Jordyn would have bombed every routine both days at trials she could have easily been replaced by Asac, or Ebee or Finny.
In fact a team of Alicia, Ebee, Anna Li, Finnegan and Sabrina would have been competitive.
Komova, Mustafina and Afan were needed by the Russians. They could have a broken leg and still would have been taken to London because Russia really didn’t have any other option. The US had many options.
Jordyn had a broken leg and still was taken. McKayla had a broken foot and still was taken. Competitive is not Gold Silver Bronze. Anna Li was hurt and so on your team who is even vaulting? Because I only see two people above a DTY… and since ana li was hurt your bars are finnegan ebee and vega? That team Soooo finishes out of the medals on a good day. Russia and China both have second teams that could finish out of the top 6 too, that doesnt mean they have “depth” or are “competitve” Romania is the only country in the top 4 ( which lets face it are head and shoulders above everyone) where they couldnt field a second that is competitive with Italy, Japan, Spain Australia and the UK
Except no one knew Jordyn had a fractured leg or Mckayla had a broken toe. I’m trying to point out how much depth the USA has over the other countries. Remove Komova or Mustafina from Russia and who would you replace them with to achieve roughly the same scores? No one.
Replace Jo with Ebee. Vault is Ebee/Gabby/Mac. Bars Ebee/Kyla/Gabby. Beam Kyla/Gabby/Aly. Floor Ebee/Gabby/Aly. That team still wins gold
Replace Gabby with Anna Vault Aly/Jo/Mac Bars Jo/Kyla/Anna Beam Jo/Kyla/Aly Floor Kyla/Jo/Aly. That team wins gold.
Replace Aly with Finny on beam and floor. That team wins gold.
Replace Kyla with Sabrina on bars and beam. They still win
Replace Mac with Alicia. The team still wins
Or a team of vault Finny/Ebee/Asac loses probably 1-1.5 points from the FF. Bars Sabrina/Ebee/Anna what 1-1.5 points? Beam Sabrina/Asac/Finny 1 point Floor Ebee/Sabrina/Finny 1.5 points. So that’s a good 4-5 points off the FF and considering they won by more than 5 points
yes they would be competitive with the other countries.
I could make a third team from the USA girls that could realistically win the Bronze but I feel that would be redundant.
I have to agree with nero here. And even if Aly did have to go up on bars at the end of the day – that US team would have still won gold.
USA could have fielded at least three teams that could have placed in the top five (this is assuming no injuries – part of the reason that USA has so many injuries in my opinion is that they are pushed way harder than other countries since there is so much depth and they have a comparatively smaller chance of making an Olympic/World team).
Imagine if Bridget weren’t injured and Memmel were allowed to compete. Yeah, three teams easily.
Yeah at this point, I don’t think anyone would really want to read a book written by a barely 16-year-old. I mean, we’ve heard about all her “issues” via the news, so I can’t really say anyone would want to hear more than what they’ve already been exposed to.
Barbra Walter’s 10 most fascinating people of 2012 special is on now for anyone who is interested…Gabby made the list….I will watching her segment the same way I watched Kyla Ross’s floor routine…On mute!
I agree Sanity. I cannot imagine Khorkina, with her exceptionally long legs and skinny frame, would have been able to master the difficult routines we see today. Under the old Code of Points she got by with less difficulty because gymnasts who had the more difficult routines, it seemed to me, were rewarded for it only in some sort of subjective and unstated way that varied judge to judge. People complain that the new Code of Points gives too much reward to difficulty at the expense of form but the old way was the opposite extreme. It really didn’t pay to have a really difficult routine where the risk ofwas so great while the reward wasn’t the much.
I love her because she looks like she enjoys what she does with that smile. Even during competition. I can’t say I’m a big fan of her gymnastics (it’s reminiscent of Chellsie Memmel in a way) but I can’t help but root for her when I see her.