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Friday, April 13, 2012

Your daily dose of gymnastics: Lori Strong

Lori Strong was a very successful Canadian gymnast who became a very successful University of Georgia gymnast. She's got a skill named after her on bars: a Strong is a 1 1/2 twisting shoot over from high to low bar. It's time for some folks to take a look at this skill: with bar sets spread so far, there's a limited supply of interesting transitions. It also provides a change of direction, which is a requirement. So why aren't we seeing it more now?

Maybe it's because even Strong herself, had trouble controlling her form in that crazy fast twist. She as competing it as early as 1987--maybe earlier?-- and 5 years later, you can see how wild it is in the replay. But very cool.

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