Tuesday, August 4, 2009

When We Were Very Young!

Some baby photos are not as embarrassing as others.....

I love this one because it is the only photo where Monica Rosu (second from right) actually looks little.  She always had such a grown up face for such a young gymnast.

Little Miss Nastia. So gawky!  So cute!

Remember when Catalina Ponor was the picture of innocence and fresh faced youth?!

And do you remember the year Ponor "became a woman" at the 2005 Worlds and celebrated with a bottle of peroxide (see Black Sheep of Deva)?  But did you know she celebrated with a teeny, tiny Steli Nistor?! (lucky she didn't share the bleach!)

Courtney McCool, before she learned how to smile and just dance it out.

The baby Tamirjans.  They were a little harder to tell apart back in the day...

Little Sandra Izbasa in the race for the red cordial and cake.

Yep, Svetlana had her hairy eyeball stare down from a very young age.

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs was knee height- yet it still took two grown men to throw her over the vault!

Before Pavs became a swan her teeth and her bangs used to stick out!

Skinny little Khorkina (second from left) with Boris Pilkin and friends, proving that she always had a penchant for getting her kit off for the cameras!

Nadia Comaneci introducing the next greatest Romanian to the world- the toddler to her left- one Daniela Silivas!

Dominique Dawes.  She probably mastered her Tkatchev a week later.

A very young Bart and Nadia- if only they knew then what they know now!

Young Oksana Chusovitina contemplates retirement, and puts it off- for the first time.


  1. Wonderful commentary!! I had never seen that picture of Bart and Nadia. So cute!

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  3. How very cute they were all!
    Thank you for posting.

  4. The Tamirjans look like the twins from the shining.