1995-1996 ball routine should be her debut performing to the song
“The Swan” by Saint-Saëns.
Since then, she has captured all audience with her enchanting and
classy moves in the ball routine. Though her early routine may not
have reached her peak, one will hardly overlook it.
tends to wear a white unitard for this routine at that time. It is
considerably gorgeous, well resembling a swan though I prefer her
leotard in the 1999-2000 seasons to a great extent.
begins the routine with graceful moves that remind me of a peaceful
swan. This is a good way to capture the attention of everyone. Slowly
but skillfully, she next raises her right leg up to form a vertical
spagat while the ball is supported on her leg. She performs her
routine expressively, even as she executes a large roll of the ball.
first large throw is a rather commonly seen but tricky one: a triple
turn to catch the ball while executing a back flexion. She executes
yet a consecutive throw, effecting an illusion turn to get the ball
under her legs in a seated position. She performs a back roll to
change into a flexibility position with the ball clung onto her leg.
She continues with more flexibility elements to prepare for her
trademark: holding the ball on her leg as she stands up, and allowing
it to roll down the body in a scale balance position (now termed
third large throw is an interesting one. She makes a reverse throw as
she quickly executes a back catch balance, and turns back to perform a
Russian Cossack jump as the ball bounces on the mat before she catches
it. Her hands and face expressions displayed here must have really
touched all of us. Once again, she shows her absolute control as she
continues by performing a perfect unassisted leg up pivot to stop in a
the music signals the approaching conclusion, she effects a throw,
when performing a arching split leap and catches the ball in a double
stag ring leap position. Her final throw is beautiful too, throwing
the ball and advancing swiftly into a back catch balance, finally
catching the ball on her back.
the routine draws conclusion, Barsoukova performs a double attitude
spin and gradually falls down onto the mat, as if a swan has ceased to
Barsoukova’s country representatives overshadowed her despite her
superior routines, as the reality-blind judges fail to notice her.
Nevertheless, through her perseverance, she climbed her way to reign
supreme. The swan has succeeded.