12 day so up-and-coming gymnasts, day four

Viktoria Komova, Russia: In Komova, we get another golden gymnastics pedigree. This talented young Russsian, who recently won the junior all-around at the Voronin Cup, is the daughter of 1986 Goodwill Games Champion Vera Kolesnikova. Komova’s other appearances this season included at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships and the 2008 WOGA Invitational.

In praise of Kolesnikova: This solid and dependable competitior had the misfortune of competing during in the mid-1980s amongst contemporaries like Natalia Yurchenko, Aleftina Priakhina, Oksana Omelianchik, Svetlana Boginskaya, Natalia Laschenova and, of course, 1988 Olympic Champion Yelena Shushunova.

Bit hard to stand out in a crowd like that. Nevertheless, Kolesnikova, who competed at the 1985 Worlds, had great technique and a rare sort of steadiness — watching her routines, you don’t get the impression that she fell often. Although tall for a gymnast, she had surprisingly powerful tumbling and also did a great triple twist off beam.

Vera Kolesnikova, 1986 Goodwill Games All-Around, Floor Exercise:

Fast forward 22 years. Vera’s a Brevet judge, and daughter Viktoria may be the next big Russian sensation. Komova was impressive at the WOGA Invite and had a few stumbles at the Pacific Rim, but she really came into her own at the recent Voronin Cup in Moscow, the same city where her mother won the Goodwill Games. In addition to the junior all-around, Komova also came away with the junior titles on vault and floor, and a silver medal for balance beam.

Komova may have inherited her mother’s height (we’ll see) but she got Vera’s penchant for making big skills look easy. On floor she mounts with a 1.5 through to a double arabian, and apparently she can do a double-twisting Yurchenko on vault. Like most of the Russian juniors, her attention to detail and obvious ballet training set her presentation apart from most of the rest of the world’s.

Viktoria Komova, 2008 Voronin Cup, Floor Exercise:

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