This 1991 training home video is one of life's pure gems. It is amazing to watch the training in Mother Russia back in the day. First of all, the training center is delightfully poor by today's standards. It is unclear whether this was filmed on some sort of media day when the cameras were allowed in for 'More Than A Game' or if the athletes always wear the same leotards.
How do we prepare for floor? Oh, just go do a routine with all double layouts. Those girls weren't tumbling into the pit! Their training is somewhat different than Romanian training where the girls are constantly on the equipment like some sort of militia. There is more finesse and thought given to this training and yet the girls are constantly doing ridiculous skills.
Who else adores the T Shirt over the leotard look? Was it just cold in Round Lake? I also dig the T Shirt and leggings thing they had going on. It was definitely filmed prior to '91 Worlds as Laschenova was still training. She was unable to compete at '91 Worlds due to Latvia's independence and thus was unable to compete at the '92 Olympics because Latvia did not send a team to Indy.
Poor Groshkova is screamed at by Saadi in both the training video and documentary. While no spring boards are thrown, Saadi does come close to smacking Tatiana as they walk from balance beam to floor exercise in part one of the training vid. Obviously, Tatiana took a step on her beam dismount and had it coming.