We are a beautiful people, but sadly under-represented in elite gymnastics. As such, and following on from other highly intellectual Stoi! posts on curly, bangs and mullets, here is a compendium of some luscious Titians. I adore them all.
First up is that rarest of things, an Italian redhead. The divine Yuri Chechi, evaporating the competition in the 1996 Olympics. They didn’t call him Lord of the Rings for nothing.
Utterly effortless seeming display of dominance. He knew he’d won as soon as he landed!
In some ways, I prefer his 2004 Olympic bronze medal winning routine. Amazing comeback, from someone even older than Chusovitina, and like plenty of the rest of that final, he was a big shitload better than the eventual winner. I think he carried the Italian flag in one of the ceremonies too.
Worth watching right until the end, to see his reaction to bronze and him acclaiming Jordan Jovtchev to the crowd as the rightful winner. Yuri’s colour had faded a bit by then, and his locks weren’t as sumptuous as they were in his earlier years. So I don’t know if it’s cheating to include him on a ginger ninja list. But what the fuck, I’ve gone darker than auburn myself in my old age and I still self identify as a redhead, so it’s going in.
Representing the ladies, Allana Slater of Australia.
I actually prefer her later interpretations of this routine, but since I saw her greet Patterson’s win so happily in the Athens AA, her 2004 Olympics has been dead to me.
Leading the British MAG charge towards a medallicious 2012, Dan Purvis on his way to winning the first British MAG medal on floor since 1994, at last year’s worlds.
Only qualifying, but the point is that he’s ginger. Some bitch on a certain message board called him ugly, but she can suck my cock.
Lastly, Elena Produnova. Not entirely ginger, but she always looked like she had a tint in there. Also, I like having excuses to post footage of someone nailing a double front from beam WITH A BROKEN FOOT for their last chance at an Olympic medal.
Does anyone else have anyone to add to the list? I couldn’t actually think of many.
ETA- as aways, Stoi!’s readership step up to the plate. I drew the line at the Hamms though.
Emma Williams, part of GB’s then most successful WAG team ever:
I thought a little over Kotchetkova, since she looked pretty brunette in her earlier days, but she did have a reddish tint in Atlanta. Also, I’ve always thought she looks a bit like my little sister, who is also one of the ginger nation. So Dina makes the cut:
Nobody else liked that routine apart from me, apparently.
Our Australian readership have also pointed me in the direction of Shona Morgan. We all know that nobody rocks dark green quite like a redhead, and this just proves it. We should all be thankful that Peggy didn’t make them wear pink on this occasion. It’s not for us.
As for T Lo, I wish, but I think y’all might be seeing something I’m not!
-Posted by Clara.