Who says tall girls can’t do bars?

Russia's Svetlana Khorkina ranks as one of the sport's great tall barworkers.

Certainly not I. German Marie-Sophie Hindermann’s fourth-place finish on uneven bars at the 2007 World Championships is one more piece of proof that you don’t have to be short to have fluid swing, smooth transitions and graceful release skills on the event.

Marie-Sophie Hindermann, 2007 World Championships Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

Other tall gymnasts who were exceptional on bars include current World silver medalist Nastia Liukin, Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina, France’s Isabelle Severino, the Netherlands’ Verona van der Leur and former U.S. National Team members Alyssa Beckerman and Ashley Miles.

Severino’s hop-full, Def combination at the 1997 World Championships:

Khorkina’s signature originality on display at the 2000 Olympics:

Liukin’s intricacy at the 2005 World Championships:

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One Response to “Who says tall girls can’t do bars?”

  1. blogomment Says:

    Nastia Liukin isn’t tall. I think she’s only 5’1″ or 5’2″ which is about average height for an elite her age. Khorkina was 5’5″, Miles: 5’7″; Severino: 5’6″ ??; I don’t remember hearing that Beckerman or VVDL were tall, by that I mean 5’4″ or taller.

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