this routine is demonstrated, the crowd goes wild, cheering and
applauding loudly for Elena. The atmosphere is definitely unforgettable.
Elena’s clubs routine shows her maturity as a junior, displaying
high difficulty and good execution. Though she may be trying her
elements only, she scores for this routine.
delightful music she employs is beyond doubt one of the best choices:
a nice theme with the beating of rhythms. No wonder everyone seems to
be so engrossed by her magical routine.
commences the routine by juggling the clubs in a balance position,
catching a club after juggling under her leg when she kneels down. As
the theme of the music appears, the audience claps to the rhythm as
Elena performs. One spectacular small throw (or rather a trademark of
hers) displayed here is an illusion turn to catch a club. She swiftly
throws both clubs, performing a turning split leap before catching
them. The two consecutive throws are creditable.
passing the clubs awhile, Elena executes a front legmount, followed by
another trademark throw. She throws her right clubs, kneels down and
performs a body wave to catch the club. Her clever use of both clubs
here illustrated her dexterity.
this juncture, the background music slows down its tempo as it reaches
the second section. Here Elena executes a signature balance,
displaying her dexterity again as she slides the club down her back.
Meanwhile, the other club, which has been placed on her right foot
during the balance, slides down as she performs a back flexion. What
an artful combination! Stopping here, Elena mills the clubs,
performing passé pivots. A vertical spagat follows suit while she
creates variety uses of the clubs.
Elena displays her difficulty with her next throw into a double
illusion turn. Not to be outdone, she performs a perfect pénche
balance while milling the clubs.
the lively and vivid music reappears, Elena leaps and does a front
legmount, matching the music well. Her next large throw is impressive:
she throws, executes an arching split leap and catches the club on her
back! I am absolutely sure that good precision is required to complete
it. To end off, Elena performs another difficult asymmetrical throw,
making an illusion turn to catching the clubs.
efforts finally paid off when she was rightfully awarded the
prestigious “European Junior Championships Gold” for the clubs
apparatus. This is unquestionably a “must watch” routine.