(photo: Don Johnson Photography)
I think my all-time favorite tumbler has to be Viktoria Karpenko. The girl epitomised the 'springs in her legs' type. Her whipback- BHS- Double Arabian- Punch Front combo makes me go weak at the knees nearly every time I see it.
Even though she didn't give all to her chorey, she had that typically Ukrainian polish and flair that made even the non-dancers look pretty good. When I think about what happened to her in Sydney, I want to throw up.
I wonder if Oleg Ostapenko completely lost his @#$% after that floor ex. That was probably what made him move to Brazil. She did have an awful bad habit of screwing up at the wrong moments.
Poor thing. And all she gets for all her magnificently massive talent is a bronze on bars ten years later.
Here is another example of the she-tumble-demon screwing up at the wrong mo. The AA probably would have been hers......
God she was amazing. Even her double pike was insane. Look how she blithely leapt up a million miles in the air and just snapped those legs up in the air and pulled herself around. Sure she broke form a little, but the height....the height!
Unsung. If I could change and World or Olympic Result, I'd change the outcome of that all-around competition in Sydney. She would have the gold.