If you are hoping to
find a truly original and breathtaking hoop routine, here is the perfect
routine -- Almudena 2000 Hoop. I have always expected something special
in this routine after watching her hoop routine during the 97-98 season.
Brilliantly choreographed, Almudena danced to the music "Moon's
Waterfalls" (I particularly love the music). She made a good choice
of music - something many gymnasts lack of. Even the choreography is
amazingly adapted to the music perfectly. No doubt, this hoop
routine is a crowd favourite.
Almudena started her
hoop routine with two split balances. She sat down on the floor and
continued with a series of small movements, one in which she threw the
hoop with her right leg and catching it with her legs after a backwards
roll. The next throw element is perhaps the most risky and original one.
She caught the hoop in between the legs horizontally after effecting a
turning split leap. Impressive! Another spectacular element is the one
in which she threw the hoop, did a unassisted side split pivot and
caught it in between her legs at the back. Risking indeed. Near to the
end of her routine, she caught the hoop while effecting a split leap.
Finally she had an non-catch leg spin and caught it with her legs. Her
final position (shown above) is beautiful. She bent her legs so that the
hoop held by her raised foot and her neck.
Drama was included (as
always by almudena) which enhance her performances. It is a pity she was
underscored grossly in the Sydney Olympics. She placed 5th in the 2000
European Championships with a score of 9.966. Remarkable