from World Cup Berlin - interesting combination of turns, very risky
throw-catch-version, again good combination of music and movements.
Worlds: Brilliant performance
by Simona Peycheva – she turns as if she has ice and not
the floor under her feet. And she performs her difficult elements very
exactly, so that the effect supported by the music is almost a doubled
the three Russians, who has the best ball routine in 2001?
I must say it is Peycheva’s. Within a season, she is able to
outwit all other competitors (other than the two fixed Russians) and
become the next best rhythmic gymnast. The reason is very simple: she
has the best choreography in her routines. They are pleasant and
interesting to watch., the choice of music is perfect and Peycheva’s
leap, pivots and of course her flexibility are brilliant.
of Peycheva’s four 2001 routines, her ball routine is considerably
most people’s favourite. Its choreography is amazing, its music is
soothing and lively and Peycheva’s employs difficulty connections
and combinations as well as special throws that really make this
routine spectacular. It is no wonder she scores in her artistry value
as well. (Besides her high technical and execution score)
in a ring balance, tucking the ball tightly onto her free leg,
Peycheva gives an impressive pose right at the start. She begins by
rolling the ball down her hand (next to the free leg), and then
opening up her leg into a split on the floor.
the expressive music from the soundtrack “Prince of Egypt” (P.S.
There is a trend of using soundtrack music I suppose) sounded,
Peycheva performs a little deep back arch flexibility move (F3401).
Releasing the ball as she sits on the floor, she rolls once quickly to
allow the ball to drop neatly under her legs. Picking up the ball with
her legs, she rolls the ball up her legs and body, and finally down
her hands as she stands up with a back flexion. Not easy, I suppose.
Furthermore, the way she displays is elegant.
looks splendid when she rolls the ball over her trunks and both arms
and simultaneously showing Arabian moves (not the Artistic
Arabian). Here, she performs a 360 degrees ring balance (F2107/8),
giving a large roll of ball once again at the end.
the top voice of the music enters, Peycheva tosses the ball and
catches it in a split ring leap position. Subsequently, she does a 360
degrees side legmount balance. Bouncing the ball instantly after, she
retrieves it with a back scale pivot. Here, she performs a beautiful
throw, releasing the ball as she jumps in legmount position. Catching
the ball, she immerses herself with beautiful pirouettes (a triple
combination of attitude spins into ring pivot and then leg up pivot).
Normally, Peycheva completes her difficult pirouettes confidently and
perfectly. It is always a joy to watch her pivots.
two turning double stag ring leaps, Peycheva comes to another side of
the floor where she unleashes her difficult combination throw. I must
say her choreography here is really brilliant because the music here
is also a small climax. She does a walkover and releases the ball upon
completing. Immediately, she performs an illusion turn to tuck the
falling ball in her arms as she finishes the combination with a back
walkover variation. I simply love these connections and they are
definitely choreographed in a very clever way. After the combination,
Peycheva completes a 360 degrees side legmount into a wave action
the lively music comes in, Peycheva shows two half turning double stag
ring jumps. She performs so beautifully and easily that the jumps seem
so light. It is further aided with the light music. She continues her
leaps with a turning split leap (deep arched), then a double stag ring
leap and finally a repeating stag ring leap. But at the third time,
Peycheva throws the ball backwards and instead of catching directly,
she chooses to kick the ball up with her hands before catching. Next,
she executes a turning stag ring leap into a flexibility move (720
degrees side legmount balance) into a back scale pivot with the ball
tucked on her back.
next throw is interesting. She tosses the ball when she does a double
stag ring leap, rolls once to catch the ball in a back flexion
(supported on knee). The music now modulates and has a slightly
differently style. Peycheva artfully makes use of this by showing
different moves. For example, the turning Cossack leap as well as a
commonly seen back catch balance into a back flexion. However,
Peycheva adds touches to the combination by rolling the ball down a
hand at the same time.
finale should be one of her most spectacular parts. After frolicking
with the ball with her legs, she performs another difficult triple
pivots combination: front Arabesque pivots + back catch pivot +
unassisted side leg up pivot. Finally, she ends with a throw, in which
she catches the ball in a beautiful flexibility position.
a bad thing about the ball routine is the way Peycheva holds the ball.
It is definitely a bad habit that she has not gotten rid of. She is
also quite static at times. Without these flaws, she would have
successfully completed a perfect routine.
it is a pleasant and comfortable routine to watch.