98-99 Ribbon Routine boasts a variety of difficult rhythmic jumps and
pivots, never bringing to a standstill for a single second. What is
great about this ribbon routine is that while executing her actions,
she is totally absorbed to the music and fully expresses her emotions
– something other gymnasts are seriously deficient in.
the gloomy and mysterious music slowly uncovers at the start of the
routine, Teodara effects a basic pivot sequence of six passe pivots. After
which she artfully repeats the same sequence with four turns, this
time with the tip of the ribbon released. As the music is undergoing
modulation, she executes a pénche balance that changes into a toe
balance after which, while keeping that ribbon in constant motion.
(one typical Elena’s move, remember?) When the music reaches its new
key, Teodara begins circling the ribbon, waving out striking patterns.
especially love her following leaps and jumps, so lofty and
well-defined. Note one interesting triple combination Teodara employs.
She does a triple passe pivots (1101) that transforms into an Arabesque
before standing in a toe balance position. Following to the rhythm of
the music closely, she performs some interesting jumps that adds to
the atmosphere of the music. As the music finally reaches its climax,
Teodara leashes out her daring triple illusion but catches the ribbon
effortlessly. She has displayed an incredible move. While the audience
are thrown to excitement, Teodara effects two other unbelievable
throws (oh gosh), one comprising of a split leap into a roll and the
other an immediate sequence of 180o turn into a side split
leap. When the routine ends, it leaves the thrilled audience wide eyes
the complexity, variety, as well as the expressiveness in the routine,
it is undeniably a crowd favourite.
However, despite the crowd’s esthetic response, the
insensitive judges are blind to reality and harshly mark down on the
routine. Nevertheless, I personally feel that the routine has a minute
weakness: it lacks original tosses and sequences (except perhaps the