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well, doesn’t this look quite familiar…

Posted in just for fun with tags on January 21, 2009 by debster03

I was reading my way through the WWGym forum (where I’m not much of an active poster, but I do enjoy reading the latest), and I happened to stumble across a video of Natalia Joura on uneven bars. Now, gymnastics ability (or inability) aside, I feel that it is my obligation to adore Natalia, if only for the fact that she’s a Joura sister, and Dasha is beyond awesome.  Therefore, I cringed a little when I saw this:

The poor girl got an abysmal 9.1 – and no, no one was working the old Code there (ah, how I wish it was so…). I’m not going to really discuss the mechanics of the performance – I’m sure we all agree it was awful – but rather, I want to tell you about this odd feeling I got as I rewatched the routine over and over…

Deja vu.

No, I’m not kidding. Back in the day when I was a gymnast (and absolutely abhorred bars), I had an experience that is eerily similar to this disaster. It was my gym’s home meet. I kip-ed fine. Cast to handstand and went over. Okay, one fall. Kip-ed again and attempted a clear hip circle, in which I went over the bar once more. Got back up, squatted to transition to the high bar and unexpectedly fell backwards. How embarrassing! I hadn’t done this since I was a level 5. Finally reached the high bar, kip-ed, cast to handstand (no, I didn’t go over), tapped into my giant, and ended up short. Attempted a couple of more giants, and wouldn’t you know it, the same thing happened over and over and over. I finally just swung into my very lame layout dismount, landing, of course, on my butt.

I wish I had an excuse. But I didn’t have a stomach flu a la Shannon Miller. I was (surprisingly) not injured. I was not even nervous, and I’d been training fine.

Hey, it happens to the best of us.

Natalia – keep your head up. You’re not alone!