queen of Rhythmic Gymnastics has once again shown the world her
majesty and splendor with this hoop routine. It is one of the toughest
routines ever composed in the RSG history and assures the audience
thrill and excitement, holding their breath up to the last second. No
wonder during that competition season, she is the well-deserved
unchallenged Queen, winning bags of gold.
starts with a tight kneeling position, with the held hoop supported on
her hips. As the creepy and mysterious music passage enters, Petrova
rises up to execute a double attitude spin while holding her hoop
above her head. Next, she displays her emotions together with
dexterity according to the rhythm. As the music hints a forthcoming
powerful theme, Petrova rotates the hoop round her hands and gives a
throw. After a turning split leap, she artfully catches it in a back
flexion, transferring the hoop under her body immediately after.
consecutive spectacular toss follows suit. She throws the hoop
horizontally, effecting a roll and instantaneously a “Ralenkova”
(gosh!) to grasp the hoop. This is indeed an artful yet tricky
combination. She continues with beautiful pirouettes, moreover holding
herself on the attitude balance as she performs a large roll of the
hoop. As the tune is abruptly interrupted with two heavy lines,
Petrova performs two lightning quick successive rolls. Her third large
throw is risky and exciting as well. She flings the hoop high up,
performs two split leaps across the floor and another roll to catch
the hoop vertically between her legs.
the exciting and expressive main theme of “O Fortuna” breaks forth
into singing, the crowd claps rhythmically to the beat. Petrova
exhibits balances and dexterity, rotating the hoop. A few risky
elements follow suit, for example a split ring leap through the hoop
and double stag ring leap. Without further ado, she performs another
throw, making an illusion turn and rotating the hoop on her right leg
after catching. Pretty impressive. Subsequently, she performs a
careful balance, slowing advancing lifts up her leg for a legmount and
lifts it down later with the hoop.
the conclusion, Petrova executes a retro roll of the hoop, performs a
Sissone jump (unclear) and supports her leg on the hoop. She finally
ends off her dramatic routine with double Arabesque pivots as the
music closes to an end.
a breathtaking routine, it promises anticipation, thrill, exhilaration
and last but not least, delight. Watch it and be awed.