MISSY MARLOWE – BEAM – (JULIANNE McNAMARA & DEE DEE FOSTER) – EARLY 90’s


CAN SEE THAT RENE LYST, THE JUNIOR FROM PENN STATE■■■ A■ THE BALANCE BEAM. THE BALANCE BEAM. IT’S KNOWN AS THE PSYCHE EVENT, AND THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S THE EVENT THAT REQUIRES THE MOST CONCENTRATION. IT EITHER MAKES OR BREAKS YOU. ONE FALL, ONE MISTAKE, AND IT’S OVER.>>IT’S ALMOST LIKE WHEN YOU FALL IN COMPETITIONS, YOU’RE OFF THE BEAM BEFORE YOU EVEN REALIZE WHAT HAPPENED, YOU KNOW, AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU’RE LOOKING AROUND, THINKING, “OH, THERE’S NO ROOM FOR ERROR.” I MEAN, YOU KNOW, ONE LITTLE DROP OF THE SHOULDER, YOU’RE OFF.>>FOR ME, IT’S THE MOST UNNERVING EVENT, AND IT TAKES THE MOST CONCENTRATION FOR ME.>>REPETITION IS MOST IMPORTANT ON THE BALANCE BEAM, FOR AS THE OLD ADAGE SAYS, “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT,” OR AT LEAST A 9.9. SKILLS ARE FIRST LEARNED ON A LINE. THEN THE GYMNAST MOVES ONTO THE BEAM, WHH IS SURROUNDED BY MATS FOR SAFETY. THE BEAM IS GRADUALLY RAISED UNTIL THE GYMNAST IS COMFORTABLE TO PERFORM THE SKILL FOR REAL. THIS TECHNIQUE IS KNOWN AS PROGRESSION.>>WHEN YOU START PROGRESSION OF GYMNASTICS SKILLS, YOU’RE GOING THE KEYS TO MASTERING THE BALANCE BEAM, AN APPARATUS THAT IS ONLY FOUR INCHES WIDE.>>IT CAN BE AS CROOKED AS I DON’T KNOW WHAT ON A TRICK, BUT IF YOU SAY IN YOUR MIND– I MEAN, EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO QUICKLY, BUT IF YOU CAN SAY IN YOUR MIND, “I’VE MADE THIS A THOUSAND TIMES, AND I CAN PULL THIS BACK ON THE BEAM,” THEN YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE IT, AND YOU’RE GOING TO HIT.>>YOU CAN’T WORK THE BALANCE BEAM HOPHOW WELL YOU PLAN, REMEMBER, SIX PERFORMERS COMPETE. FIVE SCORES COUNT. THERE’S ALREADY BEEN THREE FALLS FROM UTAH. THEY NEED A STRONG PERFORMANCE FROM MARLOWE, OR A ONCE-BIG LEAD COULD EVAPORATE RIGHT HERE.>>AND HERE’S WHERE WE SEE WHAT MISSY MARLOWE IS MADE OF. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT POSITIONS TO BE IN AS A GYMNAST. YOU EITHER DREAD IT, OR YOU EMBRACE IT. ♪♪>>THAT MUSIC IS NOT RELATED TO THIS PERFORMANCE, BUT IT SURE SOUNDS APPROPRIATE.>>MISSY HAS ONE OF HER MOST DIFFICULT SKILLS COMING UP HERE. LOOK AT THAT. THAT’S WHERE HER EXPERIENCE WINS OUT. SHE PULLED THAT RIGHT OVER THE TOP. HERE’S A GAINER LAYOUT. BEAUTIFUL. RIGHT NOW MISSY IS PRETTY MUCH HOME FREE. SHE’S GOING TO BE THINKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT HER DISMOUNT, A VERY DIFFICULT DOUBLE-BACK DISMOUNT. THE LANDING HERE IS CRUCIAL. GREAT HEIGHT AND ALMOST A PERFECT LANDING. HER ONLY LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE CAME ON THIS FIRST TUMBLING COMBINATION. NOTICE HOW HER HIPS ARE SLIGHTLY OUT OF ALIGNMENT, BUT SHE PULLS IT BACK OVER. SHE CONTINUES WITH A BEAUTIFUL GAINER LAYOUT, PERFECT POSITION, RIGHT INTO AN UNBELIEVABLE FLEXIBILITY MOVE. DON’T TRY THAT AT HOME. AND WATCH THIS. IT CAN’T BE DONE MUCH BETTER. BEAUTIFUL HEIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL LANDING.>>SO MISSY MARLOWE COMES THROUH AGAIN, SCORING A 9.9. AND UTAH LOOKS TO BE IN GREAT POSITION IN THE RACE FOR THE TEAM TITLE. THE UTES HAVE MOVED IN FRONT OF

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