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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Best floor routines ever: Silvia Mitova

This may be my favorite floor routine, ever. I like the simple, bluesy music. I like that she doesn't seem like  a powerhouse but manages to pull off the big tumbling passes--her landings are a little low but she covers well. 

But the best part is the choreography because it flows well and it's seamless with the tumbling and dance (jumps, leaps, turns) requirements. Bad choreography is a such a terrible plague of elite level gymnastics. It just makes me cringe when I see a world class athlete on national television with a routine that looks like they made it up last week (which was a plot line for Make It or Break It but that's another story for another day). I sort of wish she were just a little more expressive, but maybe I've been watching too much So You Think You Can Dance.

I give you Silvia Mitova. (not her best performance of this routine but the best quality video)

A year later, she seriously improved her tumbling, in both difficulty and execution (aside from those cowboyed punch fronts anyway). She also summoned all colors of the visible spectrum to unite in a loud explosion all over her leotard. But I love it. 

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