no offense but the 2000 Russian Team Final floor lineup is iconic af
(not including Anna Chepeleva because her score didn’t count since this was still 6-5-4 and i honestly have only ever seen her routine once and like… let’s be real. The 2000 Russian Olympic team may have had six members, but only four of them mattered.)
Up first, Yekaterina Lobaznyuk, scoring a 9.750. One of my all-time favorite floor routines and in my opinion, the best choreographed floor routine to Hava Nagila ever. I still cry regularly about what her career could have been had she not had that knee injury.
Next, Zamo, scoring a 9.775. Opening up with a double-double followed up by a 3/2 into 3/1 twist and dismounting with a full-in. Insanely difficult tumbling for the time, and even now gymnasts rarely have three tumbling lines as difficult in one floor routine (obviously there are many exceptions I am just talking generally).
Oh, Produnova. 9.725, but she only started from a 9.9 I believe. Her iconic double front tumbling in combination and like, the most dramatic routine ever. The shaved eyebrow. The gold hair glitter. Your fav could NEVER.
And anchoring the team, Sveta. 9.787. Probably her best choreographed floor routine (but performed slightly better during the AA) and one of my all time favs ever. I mean… the one armed salute? The triple twist in time with the music? The kiss to the crowd at the end? Iconic.
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)
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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.
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)
Olympic silver and bronze medalist; World two-time silver and two-time bronze medalist; European gold, silver and bronze medalist; Universiade three-time gold and silver medalist; American Cup Champion