Here's something you don't hear ranted about very often: poses. Notably, poses in women's gymnastics. Oh yes, Dwight Normile can go on and on about skills all he likes, but choreography and aesthetics are just as important as compositional difficulty.
There are some poses I'm getting particularly sick of seeing, in beam routines and on floor. They look a bit silly, but that doesn't stop numerous girls doing them (which is a sillier sight in itself).
1. The Finger Gun. Come on people, this isn't Spaced (big claps for you if you get the reference). It hit the height of ridiculousness when Elena Zamolodchikova (God love her) ended her 2000 Olympics floor routines with it and then, I kid you not, blew on her finger a la smoking pistols in a spaghetti western. Aussie example? Monette Russo.
2. The Straight Jacket. Looks worse when the bum is stuck out slightly. If you're not Betty Boop, I'd prefer not to see it. Aussie Examples? Georgia Bonora, Lauren Mitchell, Ashleigh Brennan.
Variations include The One-Armed Straight Jacket.
3. The Libra aka The Walk Like An Egyptian. It's just *foolish*, even if your music is Arabian-inclined. Aussie examples? Hayley Wright, Steph Moorhouse.
4. The Talk-to-the-Hand aka The Kung Fu Badass. I almost expect the lower, straightened arm to give a little "come get some!"-gesture like Neo in The Matrix. Aussie example? Lauren Mitchell.
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