Saturday, November 6, 2010
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, DASHA.....
As you may have read on Gymnastics Coaching, Australian gymnast Daria Joura has officially retired from gymnastics this year. Hampered from a comeback by her foot injury, Dasha was unable to work effectively in the gym over the past two years since Beijing.
Known for her infectious smile, her salute that you either loved or hated, her sassy floor routine and her all-around talent, Dasha was enduringly popular. The 2008 Olympics were to be her big event, as she was one of the handful of gymnasts with the realistic potential to win a minor medal. This was not to be after she hurt her foot in the team qualifications on beam, and limped off in tears. Then, to add insult to injury, as the strongest Australian she decided to perform on bars in the team finals to help the team, she missed her hands on the bar and hit her face on the bar, getting a black eye for her troubles. Being the legend she was, however, she still did not fall! Bars was one of her greatest events too, making it an even greater disappointment for her.
Trained at WAIS, Dasha moved from Russia with her family as a wee child and, despite her heritage, had the charming Aussie accent and sense of humour. She was fun, and it showed in her gymnastics and her attitude in competition. She was fun and funny and great at her sport. She will be missed.
Here, for those of you who haven't seen her in action, here is one of the biggest reasons she was so popular. No one has used this music better than she did. Whether you like the choreography or not, you have to appreciate the fact that the girl knew how to perform it- to sell it. She had spunk and charisma and just the right amount of sauce, which was perfect for floor.
Also, here is a video of Dasha at age 11, four years after she moved to Australia. Behold her excellent form and incredible splits in her leaps even at this young age, despite the steps in her tumbling. The Russian beginning did wonders for her!
Thanks for being so much fun for so long, Dasha!