Before Europeans, Worlds or Olympics, Elena is training in Round Lake full time, under the scrutinizing eyes of a whole training staff. Sometimes for weeks on end without interruption, according to a scientifically proven schedule of grueling performance training and physical conditioning called periodisation, she is physically and mentally prepared to represent Russia.
Elena is closely looked after by medical staff, for her health is her most important asset. Imagine the havoc an injury or bout of flu could have on her, and Russia’s, chances! Besides doctors and physicians, there are steam baths, physiotherapists and massagists at the gymnasts’ disposal, to keep them sound and fit in body and mind.
The accent lies on perfecting the routines while at the same time raising Elena’s base condition well above the level required. Training at the highest level humanly possible is used to make Elena strong and resilient, to improve her physical condition and working off excess weight (which means body fat) when necessary.
Internal competitions following in regular order are used to monitor her progress, competitive spirit, and resistance to fatigue and stress.
Sounds like conditioning was a thing around Round Lake once upon a time. Funny how the mentality has changed now…
Nowadays gymnasts like Seda
are body shamed and called fat by coaching staff. The foreign gymnasts with muscles are also being called names and blamed for doping by Russian Press and Valentina Rodionenko. Meanwhile the entire team is finding it really difficult to land skills on their feet, falling all over the place…Hmm…
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
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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.