1995-1996 clubs routine is a MUST to watch because it is not only
unique, but also thrilling. It is undeniably my favourite clubs
routine (or rather one of my) in the 1996 Olympic games. Brilliantly
choreographed, the routine surely wows the audience and the judges.
Should you doubt so, try watching the video now.
music chosen, having a bit of oriental and Spanish taste creates an
excellent overall effect with the help of the woodwind instrument.
Almudena’s starting position is beautiful, sitting in a split
position with one of her clubs underneath her bent leg. The starting
of the music already attracts everyone due to its sonority and
expressiveness. It is great that she uses the clubs well at the
beginning, making mill circles etc. with expressions. Some pivot and
balance moves followed suit, for e.g. the vertical spagat into a back
the music brightens, Almudena performs her first large throw. She
throws a club when she performs a split leap, then a stag leap into a
roll, and taps the clubs with her right leg.
is commendable that the routine follows and blends into the delightful
music perfectly. She performs her second throw, releasing the clubs at
different heights, executing a double stag leap to grab the first club
and continuously makes a illusion and catches the second club. Indeed
a difficult combination. Almudena carries on with some interesting
poses and a double passé pivot. Following that, she performs an
arching split leap and an arching double stag leap, both high up in
the air. She gives her third risky throw, turning 360 degrees and then
performs a roll to catch the clubs. Here she displays her accuracy of
Almudena neared the conclusion, she performs a spectacular and
original trick. She begins with a double stag leap with a deep arch
and continues circling the clubs. Here comes the exciting part. She
allows a circling club to rotate across her legs and which falls in
between the rear side of her feet. I maybe not totally comprehend the
process, but I must admit it is fabulous.
for the conclusion, Almudena opts to perform her own original and
risky combination throw. She throws a club first, the latter when she
performs a split leap, and catches one after a roll and the second one
after yet another roll. When Almudena performs, it seems as if the
clubs routine is so free and easy. Both the routine and its music
reach their climax and finishes, leaving the audience spellbound.
clubs apparatus is her best apparatus (I suppose), the throws and
tricks are also arguably magnificent and thrilling. It is sad that the
judges who underscored this routine have often neglected her.
Nevertheless, Almudena is always popular and always deserves a medal
in our hearts.