Posts Tagged ‘Annia Hatch’

More on Cheng’s new floor

May 15, 2008

Cheng FeiSome insight into Cheng Fei’s new floor routine comes from Lisa Wang, who covered last week’s Chinese Championships for International Gymnast Magazine:

This Nationals is the first time Cheng Fei debuted her new floor routine, using a special version of the “Yellow River Concerto” composed and arranged exclusively for her Olympic bid. The new musical arrangement is unique in that not only does it showcase ethnic Chinese flavors (conveyed by the traditional “Yellow River”), it newly incorporates segments from Peking Opera. Ding Hua, Cheng’s national team choreographer and dance instructor, explained: “This music was made specifically for Cheng Fei’s floor and intended to convey a majestic, regal style. Cheng Fei’s choreography includes some characteristics mimicking a dragon, and also some acrobatic moves adapted from Peking Opera, whereby she is like a general directing in combat. Our goal is to have Cheng Fei showcase ethnic Chinese flavors through her music. [And parts of the dance help] convey the idea that the Chinese are descendants of the dragon…. The Olympics are taking in place in our backyard, so of course we want to showcase our own ethnic flavors and national identity.”

The new routine has a distinctly Eastern flavor, which is bound to please the audiences in Beijing. Elsewhere, some people love it, and some people don’t. But after knowing the context, it’s worth watching again.


Terin Humphrey: The moments

March 19, 2008

Terin HumphreyCarly Patterson was the “it” girl, the one with the big chance to become the next Mary Lou Retton.

Courtney McCool was the upstart senior with the impeccable form who some thought could win it all for herself.

Courtney Kupets was an amazing comeback story — the girl who had weathered a potentially career-ending injury and come back better than she’d been before, all in less than a year.

Mohini Bhardwaj had defied all odds and made an Olympic team eight years after she was expected to be at her prime.

Annia Hatch was living the American dream.

And Terin Humphrey was the girl, who despite not being a particular Olympic favorite (some doubted she’d make the team, given that the USA had so much talent to choose from) wound up standing on a podium in Athens all by herself with a silver medal around her neck.


2008 USAG Hall of Fame Inductees

March 6, 2008

Carly Patterson helped the U.S. women win the team title at the 2003 World Championships.The golden 2003 U.S. women’s World Championship team headlines the 2008 inductees into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Members of the 2003 World team were Carly Patterson, Hollie Vise, Courtney Kupets, Terin Humphrey, Chellsie Memmel, Annia Hatch, Ashley Postell and Tasha Schwikert.

The 2003 Worlds were the U.S. women’s greatest world championship triumph up to that point, but early on it looked like it might become a disaster. Humphrey and Memmel, the team’s alternates, and were substituted in when Postell became ill and Kupets tore her Achilles in training. Hatch tore her ACL the day before the competition but is still considered a member of the team.

Other Hall of Fame inductees this year include:

Olympians Jessica Davis of San Anselmo, Calif. (rhythmic), Marie Walther Bilski of Tempe, Ariz. (women’s), and Wayne Young of Pleasant Grove, Utah (men’s); synchronized trampoline and double mini-trampoline world champion Stuart Ransom of Southaven, Miss.; two-time NCAA champion Brent Simmons of Columbus, Ind. (men’s); women’s artistic gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy of West Chester, Ohio; and contributor Wendy Hilliard of New York City. Kenneth Allen of Oshkosh, Wis., is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement recipient in recognition of his contributions to gymnastics.

Their biographies are listed on the Hall of Fame’s website.