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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Your daily dose of gymnastics: Phan Thi Ha Thanh

Phan Thi Ha Thanh is the first Vietnamese gymnast ever to medal at Worlds. I love it when someone bursts onto the scene from someplace you don't expect. Here she is on vault:

She's a lovely vaulter and all, as you can see, but let's talk about her leotard.

I kinda love it!

So the red and white is a little pepperminty. But I'm really digging the style. The high collar with the faux plunging v-neck--it's a little costumey, but in a good way! Dramatic! But still sleek enough to be sporty. I'd like to see it in red and black so it doesn't remind me of candy canes.

 I see it's a Christian Moreau.

Let me tell you a little about Christian Moreau. When I went to the 1991 World Championships, not only did I get to watch my gymnastics idol, Svetlana Boginskaya, in person, but I noticed she had the most fabulous leotard I had even seen. A PAISLEY VELVET leotard. It emitted heavenly sun rays and made birds in surrounding communities whistle beautiful chirping melodies.


Well, it was 1991 and paisley velvet and Nirvana and Crystal Pepsi were awesome.

Christian Moreau had a booth on the trade floor and I picked up a small catalog. I browsed that little pamphlet till it tore to pieces. Sadly, oh so sadly, I never did get my own Christian Moreau leotard. But I kept that catalog till Hurricane Katrina viciously ripped it from my bag-o-leotard-catalogs. (What, you don't have a bag-o-leotard-catalogs?) Christian Moreau is a little hit or miss, but back to the moral of our story, which is something like this: Phan Thi Ha Thanh-- excellent vaulter, Vietnamese trailblazer, fashion-forward gymnast.

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