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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Your daily dose of gymnastics-- Aliya Mustafina

With the Olympics less than six months away, it's time to start looking at the hopefuls. Aliya Mustafina is recovering from an April ACL tear (a vault injury), but I hope she's good as new in time for London because I love her bars:

I'm not crazy about her floor routine; I know she's got to fill requirements, but her dance is almost entirely arm flourishes. However, I think it's interesting to watch this for the camera angles on her tumbling--notice how much her legs cross in the air. You have to be a great tumbler and fast twister to accomplish a 3 1/2 twist--but I'll cringe to watch her land, with all that torque, on a freshly healed knee.

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