Svetlana Khorkina is one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. She is multiple Olympic, Worlds and European champion, and she has also done a now banned skill in competition.

At only 13 years old, Khorkina performed an Arabian 1-3/4 salto as her second pass on floor exercise.  The skill was first performed by 1980 Olympic all around champion Elena Davydova of USSR, and was removed from the CoP in 1993 due to health and safety reasons.

The skills that involve roll out are banned in women's gymnastics.

Choreography wise, she carries it out smoothly from one move to the next, and works it to the beat and phrase of the music and melody. Tumbling wise, she had low chest landing.

It is worth to mention that Khorkina is three times World medalist, an Olympic silver medalist and a European champion on floor. 

Written by Gigi Farid

Photo by Sing Lo



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