Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic Games Event Finals, Balance Beam:
Now that Nastia Liukin has told Inside Gymnastics Magazine that she’s likely to compete new skills on bars and beam in the coming year, I’ve been wondering what they could be.
On bars, Nastia might look good doing a Markelov, the same release move bars queen Svetlana Khorkina used for many years. Or perhaps a new entry to her Tkatchev, from a stalder. Maybe even a toe-on Hindorff!
Most likely is that she’s changed her dismount, though. The double front didn’t work when she competed it at the 2007 Pan-American Games and the double front half out often didn’t go so well, either. A “more mature” Nastia — slightly heavier or slightly taller or both — might have even more trouble with this skill.
IG editor Dwight Normile suggeted awhile back that Nastia should learn a full-twisting double back dismount, something the tall Khorkina always did with relative ease. If the double layout is no longer an option either, Nastia isn’t left that much choice.
What about beam? I have fewer ideas about what Nastia might select there. Side aerial? Front-aerial, side aerial combo?
What do you think Nastia’s new skills will be?
Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic Games Event Finals, Uneven Bars: