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The lost art of Laschenova

July 17, 2008

One of the few gymnasts who combined genuine artistry with genuine power was the USSR’s Natalia Laschenova, who had the misfortune of being on the same Olympic team with 1988 Olympic champion Elena Shushunova and the great Svetlana Boginskaya.

Her “In the Hall of the Mountain King” routine is one of the great routines of the decade. How many elites today would be capable of doing a roundoff backhandspring double back from a hurdle like that?

Natalia Laschenova, 1989 World Championships All Around, Floor Exercise: