Inside Gymnastics thinks these are the ten routines that changed the sport. I think Inside Gymnastics is on crack.
If we are talking actual routines that changed the sport I agree 100% with Natalia Yurchenko being on this list. She created the vault that is now a staple of the sport. She should probably be first on this list even if you don’t follow the letter of the wording (routines that changed the sport)
Nadia Comaneci was ground breaking difficulty and perfect scores so I agree with her being on the list especially the very first 10. That routine and her overall AA win captivated an entire Universe ( from what I hear. I wasn’t alive to see it) so the routine itself changed the sport.
Olga Korbut had a lot of difficulty but her overall fame to the sport has more to do with her personality and skill level than any one single routine or result. If we are talking ground breaking gymnasts then she would get the nod but I don’t know if she fits the “routine” example and neither does Mary Lou Retton. She inspired millions of little girls to become gymnasts but if that vault had been a 10 and she has finished second the vault itself (which wasn’t perfect by the way) wouldn’t be remembered at all.
Simona Amanar is known for her Amanar which is pretty much a continuation of the Yurchenko but by definition her vault fits the description. Though personally all that Amanar did was ruin the sport. Too many gymnasts tried it and made mistakes and it lost them more titles then it won them. Same with the Cheng Fie vault. It’s not done enough to have made an impact.
But now the rest, Kim Zmeskal paved the way for the spunky highly difficult floor routines we see now? On what planet? She had a full in and a bunch of whips into an ugly double tuck. It wasn’t even the most difficult routine of the competition let alone motivation to what we see today (unless you want to give her credit for bad high school band music we hear in floor routines today this being included is a complete joke)
Beth Tweddle’s bars were amazing but changed the sport I cannot agree with. She certainly did a lot for her Country but come on and last but not least,
CARLY PATTERSON STUNNING????? Que?????
What do you think?
What top 10 routines that changed the world would be on your list?