Posts Tagged ‘Natalia Shaposhnikova’

I’ve been waiting years for this

December 23, 2008

Ohmigosh! A Shaposhnikova-full on bars! Here’s former Utah recruit (she never competed for the Utes) Chelsey Colman doing the first I’ve ever seen.

Other variations of the Shaposhnikova include Svetlana Khorkina’s signature element on bars, basically a Shaposhnikova-half, and Nicole Harris, who did a toe-on Shaposh in 2004.

The Khorkina from its creator at the 1997 World Championship Event Finals:

Harris’s take, from the 2004 American Classic:

And of course, the original, from Natalia Shaposhnikova at the 1977 USSR Cup:

The ante’s upped now. Who’s going to be the first to do the Khorkina with an extra full twist?

(via Gymnastics Coaching)

Revisiting Emilia Eberle’s gymnastics

November 21, 2008

She’s known for that awful floor routine — and now, for her accusations that Bela and Martha Karolyi physically abused her and others while she trained on the Romanian national team. What she isn’t so known for is her very clean work on beam and bars.

I wonder why not. Eberle’s work from the 1979 Chunichi Cup and 1980 Olympic Games is quite impressive. On beam she reminds me of a combination of Olga and Nadia, and her swing on bars and some of the neat moves is great. Her double pike off beam had to be one of the first performed. If she weren’t of the same era as Nadia, Nellie Kim and Natalia Shaposhnikova, perhaps she would have been better remembered.

Emilia Eberle, 1979 Chunichi Cup, Uneven Bars:

Emilia Eberle, 1979 Chunichi Cup, Beam:

The judges thought she was pretty good, too. Eberle won silver on bars at the 1980 Olympics.

By the 1980 Olympics, Eberle had mercifully been given a new floor routine. If the music sounds familiar, it’s because Mary Lou Retton used it in 1984.

Emilia Eberle, 1980 Olympics Event Finals, Floor Exercise: