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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Your daily dose of gymnastics: Soviet Dream Team, Svetlana Boginskaya

Finally I've come to my favorite gymnast of all time, Svetlana Boginskaya. I've dropped her name before, sometimes in reference to her completely awesome use of paisley in athletic apparel, also in reference to my experience at the 1991 World Championships. But I'm long overdue to feature her routines.

She won the 1989 World Championships, and her floor routine was a huge hit. The choreography was delightfully bizarre and the music was a weird contrast. She towered over her competitors and her tumbling had a sort of floating quality--she seemed to rely on technique more than power. Love it or hate it, it's a completely memorable routine; we don't see a lot of those these days because gymnasts have to pack in the skills to meet increasingly difficult requirements.

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