What Blogger Tsarinamustafina loves about Aliya Mustafina's beam routine at 2016 European championships.

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

The Breath. It’s gametime, hang onto your medals while you can, people.

The double turn. You know she makes it look easy when the commentators have to constantly remind everyone that it’s a D-rated skill. 

Splits. Look, both legs. Also, what an acceptable side somi. It’s a compliment, trust me.

Onodi. There’s a reason why “Aliya’s Onodi” is a thing. 

Acro series. Over the years we’ve learned that acro series don’t just happen to Aliya. She has to aggressively make them happen, like this. Good job! Get that bonus.

Switch half. Be the change you want to see in the world! Bad switch half club, watch and learn.

Switch ring. Got back pain? Ugh, just pretend no… 

Balance checks. She doesn’t regain her balance waving around like a commoner. She waves around with straight knees, pointed toes and joint arm choreography. That’s some good technique while waving around. 

That non-wobble. Did she just wobble after a half turn? Of course not. She avoids the embarrassment by pretending it’s part of her choreography. I believe her.

The dismount. This is how you stick a landing. Put those feet to the ground and do not move them.

The smile. She lives for the way that you cheer and scream for her, the applause, applause, applause…



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