Kabayeva’s hoop is definitely a must to see for all RSG fans. Her
moves are daring, risky, original, and always breathtaking. She
displays great flair, and is definitely formidable. Over the years,
her hip-hopping style has gained maturity, of which her 2001 hoop
routine is the dominant illustration.
her hands cupped together and the hoop tucked neatly between the legs,
Kabaeva kicks her routine with a spectacular move: a retro roll (i.e.
the hoop rotating away and then rolling back towards you), followed by
a walkover. Here with immense precision, her left leg hooks the hoop
and kicks it high into the air. In a double ring jump position, she
catches the apparatus before rising up the mat via a back scale pivot.
she releases the hoop for a large throw. Flying off to a turning split
leap (deep arch) followed by a turn, she catches the hoop. Without
hesitation, she performs a double stag ring leap and holds her free
leg in a back catch balance, whilst the hoop continues its rotation
around one of her hands. Accompanied by the faint thumping of the
music “Desert Rose”, Alina frolics diagonally across with hoop
encircling around the girth of her neck. The music accelerates in an
exhilarating tune. Kabaeva then effects a nimble Ralenkova to catch
the apparatus in a back scale position. The hoop falls freely down the
length of her body. This is an innovative move that requires great
accuracy and speed during execution. Notwithstanding these
difficulties, Kabaeva showed great poise and confidence in this move,
showcasing to others her strength and mastery over the apparatus.
consecutive toss follows. This time, she hops into 2 double ring jumps
and on the receipt of the hoop, spins into a triple pivot combination;
a leg up pivot + a back catch pivot + another leg up pivot.
point to note about Kabaeva’s routines would be her enlightened use
of hip dancing to blend with her choice of thumping music. This allows
the gymnast to take a short break, as well as to add live and light
touches to the grave atmosphere, i.e. the competitions in this case in
to the music, Alina performs another huge throw, releasing the
apparatus from an elbow rotation. Catching it, she transfers the hoop
from the front to the back in an arching split leap. Hurling her body
into mid-air, she does a half turn and on landing, back bends into a
back catch pose. During her MG pivot, the hoop swirls from the top of
her extended leg towards the lower half of her body, to compose
stunning visual effects.
the thrilling yet mysterious tone of the music, the hoop is tossed up
again. She performed a double stag ring leap twice before catching the
hoop in a flexibility position. Subsequently, the hoop is made to roll
along the hand length beginning from the dorsal side towards the
anterior view, of which finally the hoop would fall down from her
shoulder blade and be received by her extended left hand. This
movements fuse the body with the apparatus well.
a reverse illusion and back scale pivots, Kabaeva collapses into her
signature flexibility move (S1202) rated D. Both her legs are extended
skywards vertically; her body arched into a cup shape, one hand
supports the vertically pointing legs and the other in a hi-five pose.
Throughout, her hoop swivels around her legs, making it a great
spectacle to watch.
she executes another impressive move: a body wave cum MG variation
from a kneeling position. The rotating hoop is allowed to tumble
freely from the tip of her free leg towards the waist level. This is a
refreshing action, one of the few capable of combining dexterity with
the music rises towards its highlight, Kabaeva demonstrates her most
eye-catching move thus far, Tossing the hoop, it bounces back on
hitting the floor while Alina kicks it up again with her side straddle
before catching it. Wonderfully controlled and brilliantly executed,
Alina roars with this impressive move.
complete this awesome exercise, Kabaeva releases a final throw after a
pivot: a reverse throw from the back, doubling into a roll and flips
into a downwards flip up to trap the hoop between her legs. This is
highly difficult move. Even Kabaeva finds it hard to control (worlds
etc) and has only proven successful in some competitions, most notably
her Europeans 2001.
back flexibility and clever adroit handling of the apparatus, this
routine is one of a kind.
Alina never cease to amaze with the hoop.