Skip to main content

Favorite Routines: Lilia Podkopayeva

This week's favorite routine is an oldie, but a goody. I'm featuring the 1996 Olympic all-around champion, Lilia Podkopayeva. Going into the all-around final, Lilia was the current reigning world champion. Only a handful of gymnasts before her had went on to become subsequent Olympic champions. The weight was definitely on her shoulders going into the all-around final.

Lilia was a cool kid, she handled the pressure extraordinarily and gave consistent and strong performances throughout. Her floor routine is an example of power and artistry. She performed to a mash-up of aria's from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Her dancing is light and airy and fits perfectly with the tone of the music. Lilia's routine also features high powered tumbling moves, showing us that gymnastics can exhibit both artistry and power.

Lilia scored a 9.887 on the floor and she went on to be the fourth and final reigning world champion to win the Olympic all-around title. In addition to her all-around gold, she also won another gold medal on the floor exercise and a silver on the balance beam.

Without futher adieu:

 Special thanks to the folks who created Pinterest for this week's blog entry. As always, if there is a routine you want me to feature, shoot me a line and I'll be happy to feature your request.

Popular posts from this blog

Maddie Desch Retires From Elite

Yesterday, US gymnast Maddie Desch announced her retirement from elite gymnastics via her Instagram account.

Maddie, who trains at Great American Gymnastics Express, aka "GAGE" explained she came to the decision to retire due to a nagging injury that prevented her from training at the elite level.

Maddie Gardiner's Glorious Beam Series

I love NCAA gymnastics.

Katelyn Ohashi Sets the Rumors Straight

American Cup winner Katelyn Ohashi has been out of competition for a while due to injuries.

Since she won the American Cup in March, she's been largely absent from the USA Gymnastics scene. In April, she turned down international assignments at the City of Jesolo Cup because she was recovering from shoulder surgery. She was absent from the national championships in August, presumably for the same reason.