Routine Reviews - Simona Peycheva


2001 Hoop Routine


Copyright Tom Theobald

× Music: Square Pusher

× Results:
    » Kiev GP 1: 25.350 - 6th
    » Thiais GP 3 (Qual): 25.433 - 9th
    » Moscow GP 4: 27.016 - 7th
    » Sofia GP 5: 27.900 - 4th
    » Deventer GP 6: 26.725 - 6th
    » Corbeil-Essonnes WC AA: 6th
    » World Cup Finals: 27.383 - 4th
    » *Goodwill Games: 27.300 - 1st
    » European Champs: 26.350 - 6th
    » *World Champs: 26.125 - 1st

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* after the sanction of 2 Russians

It is a marvel how this hoop routine allows Peycheva to cruise to a gold medal in the World Championships within a year! The good handling of hoop is a prime factor that gives this routine bonuses. Peycheva’s hoop routine is unquestionably a must to watch. Her name oddly reminds me of Simona Amanar, but her quick-witted moves resemble Teodara’s.

In the new 2001 COP, we see the tremendous increase in the difficulty of routines, Peycheva too demonstrated her strength against all odds. She commences the routine without a ring position promenade. (F2107) Following it, she throws the hoop, bends down into an MG kick to catch the apparatus. Indeed an ingenious combination. As the strong beat of the music sounded, Peycheva follows it closely and executes a half turn of body in a stag leap position and continues with a single reverse illusion turn. (not quite beautiful though) Subsequently, she spins the hoop around her legs quickly while showing some hands’ motions. Though easy, this tiny move suits her perfectly. (Look at her stunning body line) She performs her second large throw, displaying two split leaps with deep arch and catches the hoop. As the mysterious music seems to create more effects, Peycheva does a triple combination: 720 degrees pivot turn (P1101) into a illusion turn through the hoop and then half trunk to a double stag ring leap.

The theme of the music now emerges. She performs a third throw, (an interesting one), where she does a full turn and catches the hoop by her leg after turning a half body trunk into a double stag leap position. As the top line of the music sings, Peycheva makes a 360 degrees vertical promenade (F2104 I suppose) Later she does a one turning split leap and a turning ring leap (as the hoop goes through her bottom) One creative move that she displays afterward is the turning of hoop twice round her right leg while performing a penche balance.

Then comes a spectacular move. She throws the hoop, does a single illusion turn and a walkover and catches the hoop by bending her back. I seldom see rhythmic gymnasts doing this before. Not wanting to slow down, she performs yet another triple combination: a P1302 double pivot, a vertical pivot (Yes! With the hoop on the tip of her foot), and then a reverse illusion. Following that, Peycheva makes a triple combination again: two turning double stag leaps, and then a large roll over her body during a double stag leap. Of course she leaves her largest throw of all at the end of the routine… a triple roll! The music accompanied really create a thrilling effect here. She ends the strenuous routine with a flexibility move.

Considering the HIGH technical value and good handling of the hoop, this brilliant is undeniably one of Simona’s favourite routines. It promises to be interesting and pleasant to watch.


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