April 2008


Gymnastics29 Apr 2008 10:25 am

I first heard of Cirque du Soleil about 9 years ago when I was in college. I have longed to see it since then but it was always just out of reach. I was either in the wrong city or did not have enough money. So many of my non-gymnastics friends have seen multiple Cirque shows and it always seemed so unfair. They could not possibly appreciate it the way I could, right? But Cirque has now come to Seattle and my husband and I decided that money was, for once, no object. We were going to go no matter what!

Photo courtesy of futuregringo.com

So last Friday night we drove out to Marymoor Park in Redmond for Corteo and I can honestly say that the show lived up to my 9+ years of expectations. It was breathtaking. Three acts stand out in my mind as the most memorable…

 

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Gymnastics and Gymnasts23 Apr 2008 10:15 am

So it looks like the same skill to me. Who will get credit for it?

Here’s Nastia’s version from the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships (around 1:26), which, by the way, was one of the best Beam routines I have seen in a very long time. Beautiful.

And check out Nistor’s version of it at the 2008 European Championships (around 1:13). Nastia’s is arguably the more aesthetically appealing of the two but that won’t be the deciding factor.