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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Your daily dose of gymnastics: When Choreography Mattered

It's Saturday! Why not take the time to watch two, count 'em, two intriguing floor routines. Bulgaria doesn't count for much in the international gymnastics scene these days, but in the 1980's they were a force to be reckoned with.

The first thing you will notice about this routine is the gymnast's name: Khrabrina Khrabrova. It is a completely unpronounceable tongue twister and makes me giggle. But I'm sure there a bunch of Bulgarians sitting around trying to say McKayla Maroney five times fast.

The second thing you will notice is the attention to the dramatic choreography. I really dig it.

Then we have Elvira Teza. The French, like the Bulgarians, come and go on the international scene. They stepped it up in the 1990's and Teza was a big star for them. Check out her lovely dance:

Teza was also known for crazy skills like a cross-beam full twisting back handspring to hip circle.

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