231: The Rise and Fall of Ukrainian Gymnastics

Nov 29, 2016 | GymCastic, Podcast

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IN THE NEWS

Karla commissioned this episode because she wants everyone “to be able to appreciate the beauty that was Ukrainian gymnastics back when artistry was expected and not shockingly rare.”  Uncle Tim, Spencer, and Jessica chat about:

  • Legacy of Champions (4:30)
  • Favorite Skills (24:31)
  • The Fall (36:50)
    • MAG Ukraine 2012 team controversy:  no bronze because of Kohei non-handstand dismount on pommel horse protest. 
    • MAG Ukraine at the 2016 Olympic Games, did not compete a full team on each event in Team Finals.
    • Stella Zakharova and the Ukrainian Federation. Her interview here
    • Yana Demyanchuk 2010 beam EF.
  • The Greatest Gymnast Who Never Won Anything  Except Our Hearts! (49:37)
    • Anna Mirgorodskaya: smooth and confident 80s beam and innovative bars
    • Olga Roschupkina wins the Everyone Else’s Side Flip is Dead To Me Now Award. 
    • Alyona Kasha gorgeous floor, tumbling and smirk. She also vaulted the rare and illusive laid out handspring front. 
    • Maria Livchikova and her insane beam. 
    • Natalia Kalinina 1990 Goodwill Games floor.
  • The Future (58:25)

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LEARN MORE ABOUT UKRAINE

  • Netflix documentary “Winter on Fire” here
  • Movie coming out in February about the Holodomor (Stalin’s forced starvation) called Bitter Harvest.

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