New skills from the past
Posted September 19, 2008on:
Some of the skills we think are recent additions to gymnasts’ repertoires actually had their debut quite a while ago. Andrew Thorton at gymnast.com has started a series of posts called “Smooth Skills,” in which he identifies innovative skills in decades’ worth of gymnastics routines, and also points out the originators of skills we still see today.
Most impressive so far has been this video (see below) of a double full-in (both twists on the first flip!) by Tatiana Groshkova, a Soviet gymnast from the 1990s (who actually never even went on to perform on an Olympic or World team!). Groshkova eventually moved to Holland, but after failing to secure papers, appears to have moved back to Russia.
Definitely check out this series. Ever seen a triple punch front?