Indeed a brilliant
routine! After much intense training, the much "controversial"
gold medallist, Barsoukova had proven that her hoop routine had
reached greater heights and matured much. Apart from a minor execution
error, I would say the routine is relatively clean and precise.
Barsoukova started off
with a toe balance, with her left leg arched over, trapping a colourful
between her body and leg. This awesome action demonstrates great
control and flexibility-- elements that would permeate throughout her
Her later actions,
such as a sudden leg split and a strenuous backbend, are too
commendable. Although a slight lose of control over the backbend
could be discerned, but the overall presentation is noteworthy.
I, especially like her artful vertical pivot, of which she swirled her
hoop as she swiveled. Besides, her balancing of the hop with her
leg, executed in her vertical split position, is highly impressive.
This skill depicts powerful control in beautiful toe point.
Alas, it is a pity that
the routine lacks original tosses. Also, her throws are few,
albeit the difficulty sometimes portrayed during her catches.
Overall, her performance is great. Beautiful choreography mixed
with dark, brooding and mysterious music, Barsoukova scores with