One of my favorite floor finals ever, the 1994 European Championships from Stockholm.
Interestingly, the top two, Podkopayeva & Milosovici (Gogean & Kochetkova split the bronze), both used variations of the now-somewhat-overused Hava Nagila. Though Podkopayeva did it better, this was one of the few times where Milo’s choreography actually went with the music; though her choreography never actually changed when the music did.
I think 1994 was really Kochetkova’s best year. She was fabulous. She looked worn-out and just plain whooped by Atlanta.
This was also my favorite floor routine of Lilia’s. The choreography is ODD, but it works, and I prefer it to the ballet shit she was churning out in ‘96. I’m 28 (and ¾), so I grew up watching gymnastics in the mid 90’s; Lilia was my first true gymnastics “idol.” Of course Monica isn’t afraid of letting her Lilia-bias shine through with her always entertaining Brit-wordage (“OHHHHH WHAT A PEARLER!”).
I (almost) feel bad that Miss Personality herself, Gina Gogean, had to follow Lilia, but a really cool wolf jump with (almost) 2 turns at the end.
Monica on Gogean: “Like Miller, she reeks of training!”
Reeder’s choreo was different, and she had a pretty style, but Monica dares to compare her to Ilienko. No, honey.
I never cared for Bulakhova. She always reminded me of someone that would compliment Kim Kelly as a teammate, rather than Podkopayeva.
Piskun in the evenings fugliest leo. I always liked Piskun. She was a workhorse; it seemed as if she was at every competition in the mid-90’s with the exception of US Nationals. Like Gogean, her personality never quite showed through in her floor performances, but she was insanely talented. People seem to forget that she won 2 World titles.
-Posted by Bronwyn