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Favorite Routines: Vanessa Atler, Floor Exercise

Vanessa Atler was one of the most talented gymnasts on the US scene from the 1997-2000 quad.

She was powerful, she could throw a Rudi that would make the likes of Alicia Sacramone and Giulia Steingruber jealous. Vanessa was the feature of many NBC fluff pieces. Vanessa had plenty of difficulty on all her events, but she really shined on the floor exercise.

This routine is from the 1999 National Championships. What stands out to me about this routine isn't just the tumbling, it's her presence and artistry. The girl throws some crazy tumbling passes, but can still find enough time to actually dance during her floor routine and by dancing, I do not mean huffing, puffing and arm waving, or standing in the corner with one leg up like a dog marking it's territory, I mean, dancing.

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