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Why I Can’t Stand Junior Russian Bars Routines

April 1, 2011

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. singingtelegram permalink
    April 2, 2011 4:15 AM

    Also, they have dead hangs galore. But so do the Chinese.

    • April 2, 2011 3:28 PM

      Yes, but it’s hard to show dead hangs in a picture 🙂 (I think).
      That could be another reason to get rid of all transitions in their routines and just work on the high bar. I seriously think all their scores would go up, even if they were counting their kips and their jumps up to the high bar. Actually, maybe they struggle so much because they DO do high bar routines.
      Here’s Grishina’s from 2007:
      I think it must just be a compulsory thing, but it’s odd.

      • Anonymous permalink
        December 30, 2012 8:32 PM

        Don’t Britain do the high bar only thing at some point in their levels? I’m sure I’ve seen youtube videos of girls doing just the high bar in competition.

  2. singingtelegram permalink
    April 3, 2011 12:18 AM

    How interesting. I didn’t even know they were considering just doing high bar routines. I don’t like it though. I like the uneven bars. I also love it when gymnasts work the low bar instead of just using it in passing. I just think that if a gymnast can’t transition to the high bar smoothly, they should do a different transition. There are options, you know?

    • April 3, 2011 12:28 AM

      I’m not saying they are actually considering making these girls do high bar routines, although they do have them do it in those meets. But it would possibly increase their scores if they stayed on the high bar and worked on getting the transitions down. He Kexin did a high bar routine last year on the uneven bars.
      For low to high transfers, they could definitely just do the squat on and take the neutral deduction while working on shaposhnikova’s and perfecting toe shoots. But for high to low, there aren’t that many options. It’s paks, bails (which could be worse), variations of those and I guess straddle backs, but they would usually incur an empty swing deduction, and that’s pretty much it.

      • singingtelegram permalink
        April 3, 2011 12:34 AM

        That’s true

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