Why couldn’t the Russians send the slight and elegant junior Viktoria Komova, their rising star on the gymnastics sky, to the recent American Cup – it would have surely been a double win for the big Eastern country. And what happened to her in Jesolo? Obviously, she didn’t compete as I can’t find any result with her name on it. Nevertheless, her homepage says this:
“The Junior All Around results are also in. Vika didn’t make it in the top results, but congratulations to Anastasia Grishina of Russia for winning the Gold in the All Around final!”
But watching the new (unfortunately removed) routines from the Russian Championships 2010 I was wondering might Viktoria Komova be the next Nastia Liukin? Of course, this suggestion includes Viktoria to be the next Olympic AA Champion in London 2012. Not only their body types are similar, but also the way to perform very difficult elements as if they were the easiest things in the world. In my opinion, Komova is even more present, fluent and precise in her performances. She is only 15 years old and has already a big pool of high-difficult elements from which she can choose. Two more years until the 2012 Olympics should give her enough time to perfect her gymnastics.
Komovas uneven bars routine include a Khorkina, stretched Jaeger, Tkatchev (a lot higher than Liukin’s), piked Stalder + 1/1 turn, Pak, Tsukahara dismount. On beam she already did a back handspring + layout step-out + standing arabian (okay, she fell, but nevertheless…). And on vault she performed an Amanar, which gives her a lot of bonus points compared to Liukins very clean 1,5 twisting Yurchenko. But I like her the most on floor (double arabian, tsukahara, triple twist, double pike + a little bit of a James Bond mixed with a girl on the playground)
As I always like to suppose very early who might win the Euros, Worlds or the Olympics, I will risk this statement and maybe, maybe it comes true.