Thoughts about the Russian Cup 2009

Surprise, surprise: Aliya Mustafina won the Russian Cup (59.434) over Ksenia Afanasyeva (57.034) and Anna Dementyeva (55.133)!

First of all, I really want to thank the very quick guy on YouTube, who filmed the event & already uploaded a lot of routines (RussianCup2009)! 🙂

This is my favorite video of the meet. I promise, you will watch it twice! 😉

Click play or watch it on YouTube.

LBLG already pointed out Ekaterina Kurbatovas UB routine. It´s innovative and very dynamic (in my opinion the uneven bars is the one apparatus, on which the gymnasts need to bring drive in their routines – on floor, they have their music to cover the breath-taking (can I say “breath-taking”, or is this a transition of the German grammar?), on beam it should be fluent and vault is almost over before it just started).

Click play or watch it on YouTube.

20-years-old Svetlana Klyukina represented the “old” generation of Russian gymnasts. She did a pretty good job finishing fourth (54.166).  The experience in the international gymnastics scene won´t be her problem, but the D-scores might not high enough to be on top of the podium.

The one thought I had all the time in my mind,watching the routines, was: The Russians really know how to dress up…in the gym. All team leotards are really pretty and classic. Keep it up! I´m looking forward to the (hopefully new) team leotard for the Worlds – I know, it´s not the most important part of gymnastics, in order not to say it´s absolutely insignificant for the routines, but hey, it´s a very pretty insignificant part of gymnastic perfomances. Don´t you think so, too?!

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