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If Only That Beam Routine Was Ten Years Later

Photo by Silvia Vatterono At the 1997 World Championships, China's Kui Yuanyuan performed one of the most difficult routines of all ...

Photo by Silvia Vatterono
At the 1997 World Championships, China's Kui Yuanyuan performed one of the most difficult routines of all time, yet lost the gold to Romania's Gina Gogean by only .012. Gogean's gold winning routine was one of the easiest routines performed at Worlds during the 1990s.


Yuanyuan also lost the silver medal to Russia's Svetlana Khorkina as the tie breaking rule was not found in her favor. She ended up with bronze.

The results prompted the president of the Federation of International Gymnastics to publicly chastise the judges and tell them they were wrong.

Yuanyuan performed incredibly difficult elements such as full twisting layout (Rated G), three consecutive switch leap into back handspring layout step out layout step out.   

Yuanyuan's routine was not just an impressive difficult one but also highly artistic.


The former Chinese gymnast is the 1996 World champion on floor and 1997 World bronze medalist with her team and on balance beam.


Interesting Youtube comments:

the male commentator got it right "gogean the trickster, khorkina the elegant KUI HAS IT ALL!"

Ugh to this day it hurts to know she didn't get gold on this spectacular routine. That full twisting layout!!!! 

remember watching this and being amazed by Kui's tricks and overall artistry. However, I also remember someone asking me whether Kui should've won, and I said 'No'. Her difficulty was unmatched in terms of risk. But that risk was very rarely rewarded in the old system; had she nailed the landing, and cleaned up her wobbles, she would have KILLED it. Yet, she did not, and because everyone knew what risk they ran under a pre-determined top difficulty, she was not as good ("clean") as Gogean.

I've watched a lot of gymnastics and I have to say that this was I think the most egregious medal robbery. Not only did she not win gold, but she won bronze. Gogean and Khorkina's routines were child's play next to this.

No, Gina Gogean did. Gina epitomises boring safe gymnastics- finding an error in a routine of hers would be tough, but so would finding anything exciting. The fact that she won still rankles for many.

Please note that the routine was judged according to 2013-2016 CoP




Written by Gigi Farid



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