Skip to main content

Favorite Routines: A Two-Fer

For this installment of Favorite Routines, I am featuring two floor routines from some awesome juniors on the US Elite scene.

Sydney Johnson Scharpf and Laurie Hernandez.

These routines are amazing and they're the most artistic floor routines I've seen in a long time. They're both different, but the spirit of artistry is alive and well in both of them. It's wonderful to see gymnasts learning to "sell" their routines instead of just going through the motions, which a lot of elites do.

 Sydney's routine is Broadway Baby all the way. She performs to "Whatever Lola Wants" from "Damn Yankees", and she looks as if she's studied old videos of Gwen Verdon in the 1960's movie version. It's not just the dance, it's the way she flicks her wrist or turns and gives a sly look to the judges. I've also posted a clip from the show to illustrate what I am talking about.

If Sydney is the golden age of Broadway, then Laurie is the Queen of Pop (on the floor exercise). This is the routine to which Tim Daggett said "Gym dads, she's thirteen and she dances like that"  because it's somehow suggestive in some way? Ummm, no. Laurie's dance is like watching a mini Michael Jackson or a mini Shakira.

Maybe Tom Beregeron should book these two for Dancing With The Stars in 2017.

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.