Wow! I simply love this beautiful ball routine...
In my opinion, it is Yana's best ball routine (1995-1996), in which
she combined amplitude, elegance, flexibility and innovation all into
one. No one will doubt it as a very original and spectacular routine.
started with a flexiblity position and did a back
bend variation, a wonderful and highly difficult combination. Next she
rolled the ball across her hands and chest. Following that, she placed
her ball on her leg and did a vertical split balance. She then turned
270 degrees and ended off with a back bend, all in total control. Yana
continued by toss the ball and did two graceful split leaps before
catching the ball with one hand.
the middle of her routine, the music changes into a lively mood. Here
Yana did several throws continuously. She started out with a total body
wave from her knees. The next element is one of my favourites. Yana held
the ball between her legs and skillfully did a double stag jump while
her ball flew up. A lovely and original element! Later she even
successfully performed a double unassisted side split pivot. She then
threw the ball and caught on her back during a pike jump.
Yana scored a 9.983 for
her ball routine in the 96 Europeans Championship and earned a silver
medal. Highly recommended routine to watch. Be awed by her brillant
cheoreography, her perfection in leaps and jumps and of course her