says that rope routines are the hardest to compose and articulate?
2000 rope routine is deviously fun! Not only is it my favourite
Raskina’s routine, but also in terms of choreography, is a
Belarussian style masterpiece that uses a cheerful theme. Raskina’s
technique is as usual superb, clearly seen difficult moves (eg. her
pirouette combination). Her execution is good, and normally very
clean. These elements do help to form a “magnum opus”!
of the audience do look into the background music quite deeply, often
over-emphasized that it is more important than one’s techniques and
artistry. The music is still however important to appeal to the
judges. The cheerful and folk music applied here is definitely a
usual, Raskina’s starting position is very attractive. Here, she
places the rope straight and make a different pose. (rather awkward to
me) She begins with some good rope dexterity, fold together and
quickly releasing it etc. Opening up the rope, she tucks it
strategically on her leg thigh and does an excellent pénche balance.
Furthermore, she manages to make small rotations on the rope end!
(small bonuses) Getting up, she forms another pattern with the rope
and stands at a leg up balance.
the repetition of the theme, Raskina makes a first large throw. She
releases the rope without a knot, opens a nice arched split ring leap
and catches both ends easily. Subsequently, she displays her
spectcular double leg up pivots here. Raskina always completes so
easily and perfectly, seldom falling short. Raskina ends the phrase
with a vertical balance.
next phrase marks another series of difficult moves. After a few dance
steps to join the music, Raskina performs a challenging combination.
She performs a double leg up pivot and stops at a Timochenko balance.
It is tricky and tough but besides falling short in the Olympics
finals, Raskina manages it well. The audiences like to clap with her
simultaneously here as she swings the rope, skipping away.
there is a move that I am truly impressed because it blends certainly
well with the apparatus. Raskina strategically wraps the rope round
her legs and allow it to unwrap naturally as she executes her common
back flexion pivot. As the rope returns untangled on both hands,
Raskina jumps through it with an arching double stag leap.
a little drama and dancing part (very nice), Raskina does a beautiful
vertical toe balance with her hands forming a right angle. The more
impressive part is how she creates patterns with the rope at the same
time. It is a combination of technique and dexterity.
reaches an edge of the carpet after a few interesting skipping
variations. There, she performs her excellent attitude spins
(double/triple) with landing of knee. Her attitude pivots in my
opinion the best of all! After a double stag leap jump through the
rope, Raskina holds the rope while trapping it on her right leg. Then
confidently, she lifts her free leg (right) to form a vertical spagat.
The rope when released falls round the leg and Raskina drops to a
the final part, the music reaches its climax with an exciting mood.
Raskina throws the rope again, this time performs a switch split leap
and catches the rope on her knee. The last throw captures the most
impression. As the glissando of the music begins, Raskina artfully
does a triple roll throw. The routine ends at this high climax.
one watches this routine, it is interesting to look into the
Belarussian style. It is really unique and very engaging! The music
repeats itself but never seem boring to me.
I still feel that this routine won’t deserve a full 10, perhaps a
9.95. when done well. Somehow, Kabaeva’s routines have a higher
level than Raskina. That is probably why Raskina is not known to be
the forever-silver medallist for nothing.