And yes that is Michelle Campi on floor during Kalinina's beam routine. Michelle Campi in wheelchair still would've been a better choice than Kim Kelly for the '92 Team or Jana Bieger for Beijing.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The Real 1991 World AA Champion
Fans often debate whether it should've been Bogi or Kimbo in Indy. Eff that. Natalia Kalinina may have been royally screwed over by the Soviet powers that be and made to go first up on every event, but she was still the best AA gymnast at Worlds that year. She had the form, the difficulty, the fierceness, the name and most importantly, one kick ass deltchev. Kalinina is further proof that when it comes to gymnastics, Ukraine kicks Russia's ass. Notice how Kalinina's former coach, Oleg Ostapenko, has now been brought back to mold Russia's juniors. Russia may consider Ukraine as a part of itself, but it is certainly true that Ms. Natalia would've been 4th, 5th or 6th in the lineup had she been born in Moscow.