Elena Produnova’s iconic Produnova Vault at the 1999 Universiade
The bloc she gets from that old vaulting table is enormous! She finishes her second flip so high in the air the landing isn’t blind anymore. I always wonder what she could have achieved had she continued her career after the change to the open-ended code. That vault is easily a 15.7 in the 2017-2020 COP or a 16.3 in the earlier COP. Even in terms of FX or BB, she performed amazingly difficult skills that were definitely not rewarded in the 10 point system.
The most difficult vaults ever competed on the old vaulting horse:
handspring forward on - tucked double salto forward off (Produnova) performed by Elena Produnova (RUS)
round-off, flic-flac on (Yurchenko) - stretched salto backwards with 2 ½ turn off (Amanar) performed by Simona Amanar (ROM) and Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS)
handspring forward on - stretched salto forward with 1 ½ turn off (Chusovitina, also commonly referred to as a “Rudi”) performed by Vanessa Atler (USA) and Bai Chunyue (CHN)
handspring forward on with ¼ - ½ turn (Tsukahara) - stretched salto backward with 2/1 turn off (Zamolodchikova) performed by Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS), Simona Amanar (ROM), and Ekaterina Lobaznyuk (RUS)
Elena Produnova on floor during the All Around competition at the 1999 World Championships where she placed fourth. Elena also placed fourth in the vault, bar, and floor finals earning her the nickname “Queen of 4th Place.” (x)
Elena Produnova, the first woman (and only one so far) I’ve seen landing the Roche vault on her feet. Choe Jong Sil, of North Korea, had attempted it at the 1980 Olympics.
(I had posted this vault before, but this video is of much better quality).
Elena Produnova, la primera mujer (y la única de momento) a la que le he visto aterrizar el salto roche con los pies. Choe Jong Sil, de Corea del Norte, lo había intentado en los Juegos Olímpicos de 1980.
(Ya había hablado de este salto antes, pero este vídeo es de mucha mejor calidad).
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Leotard 47/∞: 2000 Sydney Olympics Russia Qualifications Leotard- worn by Svetlana Khorkina
Russia wore this leotard during qualifications at the 2000 Olympics where they qualified to the team final by finishing 1st in the preliminary competition. They also qualified several gymnasts to multiple individual finals.
Gymnasts that qualified to individual finals:
Svetlana Khorkina (AA, VT*, UB, FX)
Yekaterina Lobaznyuk (AA, VT, BB)
Yelena Produnova (UB, BB)
Elena Zamolodchikova (AA, VT*, FX)
** It is important to note that Svetlana Khorkina did originally qualify along with Lobaznyuk to the vault final but gave up her place to compete in the competition to her teammate Elena Zamolodchikova who in turn became the 2000 Olympic Vault Champion.
-Larry Nassar sexually assaults gymnasts under the guise of treatment
-Huge conflicts between the athletes, coaches, and Bela Karoyli over the new ranch system
-Morgan White is injured and gets replaced by 2nd alternate Tasha Schwikert
-Octavian Belu is asked about Romanian gymnastics controversies in 2000 Olympics NBC fluff like Lavinia Milosovici posing topless to earn money since RGF was keeping prize money away from gymnasts or Alexandra Marinescu saying she was abused. Belu says Marinescu’s allegations are stupid and she just doesn’t work hard enough (the same reason he replaced her with Amanar at 96 Olympics and 97 Worlds in AA finals)
-Kui Yuanyuan is injured on her DTY in quals, leaving the Chinese team with only 5 gymnasts competing
-Many gymnasts fall or go out of bounds on floor due to how hard it is
-The favorite to win, all star Russian team, loses by two tenths after falling 5 times
-Elena Zamolodchikova is 3 per country’d out of the AA final, but gets to compete after Elena Produnova is injured
-The vault is set too low in AA finals, leading to the injury of Annika Reeder and favorites to win like Svetlana Khorkina falling
-AA favorites: Khorkina falls on bars and vault. Karpenko trips, stubs her toe, goes out of bounds, and falls on floor. Zamo falls on floor
-Andreea Raducan is stripped of her AA gold medal because the Romanian team doctor gave her cold medicine with a substance that was unbanned and now banned again (thanks @dear-aliya-count-me-in). Simona Amanar was also given this same cold medicine, but since she was bigger than Raducan, it registered under the prohibited amount in drug testing and she was moved to the gold medal position
-The bronze medal winning Chinese team are stripped of their medals in 2010 after it’s discovered that Dong Fangxiao was only 14
-The FIG creates the two per country rule to prevent a sweep like Romania’s from ever happening again