04-29-2014, 04:32 PM
On the Ice
Again OOT, but wanted to share the love for RG with some fellow posters....
Originally Posted by DianaSelene
I may be old school....but no other gymnasts moved me as vitrichenko or bessonova...guess I am more of a deruigina lover...
04-29-2014, 05:06 PM
I'm more a recent rhythmic gymnastics fan who only got into recently, but I really enjoy it. I don't yet understand much of how the scoring works, like how difficulty is assigned and calculated, but I think it's beautiful to watch. Also, an advantage to not knowing the ins and outs of the scoring allows to you just appreciate the beauty of it, without breaking down every routing in your head.
Originally Posted by kikakiks
On an EXTREMELY shallow note, many of the Russian (and other Eastern European) gymnasts are fun to follow on Instagram, considering how gorgeous so many of them are - again, a very shallow note; I'm not sky_fly20, who believes that only gorgeous athletes should be allowed to compete
04-29-2014, 06:11 PM
can the new dance teams get grand prix assignments?
04-29-2014, 07:23 PM
I do not know much about Vitrichenko-- I did not watch rhythmic gymnastics in the 90s-- but I saw quite a bit of Bessonova and absolutely loved her. She was such a powerful yet elegant gymnast and she was very heartbroken to be bronze medalist in 2008 when she was hoping for silver or gold. However, after Bessonova Ukrainian gymnastics became a state of stagnation. I liked Maksymenko who recently retired after last year's world championship in Kiev and I greatly dislike Rizatdinova's performances. I feel as if the Deriuginas school was great and a lot of the current Russian coaches used to be gymnasts taught by the Deriugina. However, times have changed and it seems like what happened to Deriugina is similar to Linichuk -- they both produced really great athletes about twenty/thirty years ago but could not adjust to today's standards.
Originally Posted by kikakiks
The Deriuginas were always the ones who brought class and beauty into rhythmic gymnastics but the leadership shifted in the 2000s when Irina Viner in Russia brought up Kabaeva and Kanaeva as well as more minor gymnasts like Kondakova, Dmitrieva, Kapranova.
04-29-2014, 08:40 PM
The Deriuginas were always the ones who brought class and beauty into rhythmic gymnastics but the leadership shifted in the 2000s when Irina Viner in Russia brought up Kabaeva and Kanaeva as well as more minor gymnasts like Kondakova, Dmitrieva, Kapranova.[/QUOTE]
Hmm, I know Dmitrieva didn't win in London (not that anyone could have beaten Kanaeva if she was even remotely clean), but I wouldn't call the Olympic silver medalist and multi-World/European champion a minor gymnast
04-29-2014, 08:52 PM
...Relatively minor... Not as famous in rhythmic gymnastics as Kanaeva... Well you get it. Although any "minor" Russian gymnast is usually more successful than non-Russian ones.
Originally Posted by 96skiluvr
04-29-2014, 11:09 PM
Yes. It makes good points every once in a while, but it gets less interesting the more it speaks. Sort of like the zany conspiracy theorist who spouts off incoherently in public and stages one-person protests at his/her local city hall, while receiving telepathic messages from another galaxy through the tin foil hat.
Originally Posted by Alba
04-29-2014, 11:29 PM
I'm a woman. I can be as contrary as I choose!