Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Ferrari’

Dancing Italians

April 9, 2008

At Gymnasticscoaching.com in the comments section of an article about Paola Galante, poster Francesca Ciappetta claims that the Italians actually dance on floor.  I was skeptical because I’m only familiar with what Ferrari has offered.  Not terribly artistic.  Ciappetta posted proof though.  Check out this lovely 2005 routine from Francesca Benolli.  you know a routine is good when the music is not your style but you can still appreciate the artistry.  That was wonderful.  Of course, you are saying, “2005?  Before the code changed and all but a few die hards stopped dancing?”  What a coincidence.  That’s exactly what I said.  Francesca’s 2007 routine is still very dancey.  

I’m going to have to pay closer attention to the Italians.  Ciappetta posted some more links to vids and pictures so check it out.  

What is the deal with Ferrari’s beam mount?

April 9, 2008

Here is a vid which shows Vanessa doing her beam mount. She presses to a handstand, does a full pirrouette, and lowers to a plange.  I’ve noticed that she stops at every quarter turn on the full pirrouette.  It seems like that would be some kind of deduction.  It’s seems like making four quarter turns would be easier than doing one smooth full turn.  Perhaps she’s working up to the full and doesn’t actually get D credit for her mount.