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.


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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!



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Thanks for being so much fun for so long, Dasha!

12 comments:

  1. CANNOT BELIEVE I WASN'T HOME WHEN THIS NEWS BROKE!

    I am quite sad, but wish her the best. She was amazing.

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  2. I was still hoping that she would be able to return to elite competition! I love Dasha!! Best of luck to her, though.

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  3. That really is sad news

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  4. I was still hoping to see her again.. =( very sad news T_T
    Gymnastics are cruel and unhearted ¬¬
    I love Dasha and I'm going to miss her so much, Good luck Dasha in your life

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  5. PolyisTCOandbannedNovember 7, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Fark! She was a cool kittie. Loved the wink. And then when she worked trhough injury like a bloody warrioress at the Olys. Think it was even cool (and showed more self awareness than most) how she announced the retirement, acknowledging the drawn out trials with coming back and not making a big deal, but wanting to clear the air.

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  6. Ummmm i think mattie larson used this music much much much better than dasha but ok,she did use it well also though

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  7. The girl can dance.. beautiful.

    I wish her all the best.

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  8. I too was hoping one day we'd hear Dasha was back on the competition circuit. What sad news! I'll keep a tiny little kernel of hope that she decides to make a comeback like so many other more mature gymnasts these days.
    All the best to her even if she doesn't, though!

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  9. That SUCKS. She was such a beautiful and HAPPY gymnast. It was so refreshing to see a gymnast who not only does her sport well, but is enjoying herself as well. Never liked the salute, though...it just looked silly : )

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  10. I wish her well in the future.Its a bummer she couldn't come back from injury but i had the privlidge of seeing here compete in person in 08 in ca, and i made a go dasha poster and she was nice enough to pose 4 a pic with me.

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  11. Wow! Thank you for sharing the video of her at age 11. She had more presence and grace on the floor then than many (dare I say most?) elite gymnasts ever reach. Such a beautiful performer.

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  12. Such a shame, she was truly a fun gymnast to watch. She has the "it" factor that made her something special. Such a shame her foot never healed well enough to allow her to compete.

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