Why I Can’t Stand Junior Russian Bars Routines
Unless their names are Grisina or Sidorova, of course. And not Kristina Sidorova, she has an ugly tkachev+pak combination.
I don’t usually write posts that insults every single routine on one apparatus from one country. But these routines are scary.
This is one of the nicer looking paks, even though she fell.
Continuing with paks, this was also one of the better ones, which is quite worrisome. I’m saving the more offensive ones for later.
You think Mustafina’s tap is bad? Look at this girl! She is facing the low bar, so why must she do this?
This one has knee bend issues when she catches her tkachev.
They fall out of their pirouettes…
This was a piked stalder.
Pak time! Get ready!
I think the girl in the middle is trying to create a new skill: a pak salto that has a sheep jump phase. Also, notice the foot in the bottom picture.
Grishina shows them how it’s done. Actually, I don’t like this pak that much, but it looks heavenly after seeing the others.
And it’s not just because she’s older than the other girls. Here it is when she was eleven.
All of these are from Grishinagan’s videos. These gymnasts probably earn .8 difficulty MAXIMUM from their paks, assuming they would be counting an A without them. I would be shocked if they were not losing 1.0 on them in execution, even when they are not falling or hitting the ground. It seems like they are being pushed to do way too much difficulty. Why on earth are they connecting tkachevs to these paks? They really are not ready for it. At least half of the gymnasts struggled on their piked stalders as well. These girls need to clean up big time.
By 2016, Russia may no longer have a bars advantage over USA and Romania.