Remember when I said that sloppy fake bed head hair was the most annoying trend in gymnastics? I lied.
are so much worse. Like, I hate them with a passion fiery and true.
Now, it's not fair to say that this is a crisis solely within USA gymnastics. It's not. There are many foreign offenders as well. However, for time and my eyeball's sake, let's focus on the pretty little Americans.
And their horrible fucking wrists.
Now, while some might believe that Nastia invented gymnastics, this is not actually true. Nor did she invent flexed wrists, although she certainly does try the hardest. Let's go back, shall we?
The year is 1992.
While Kim Zmeskal and her normal wrists were falling off of beam, a waify little blonde with one crazy coach and two flexed wrists was staying on it.
I haven't done much research, but in my head, this is where it started.
Shannon Miller, ye of much difficulty, good extension, and HORRIBLE FREAKING WRISTS. Who in their right mind a) taught this "technique" and b) thought that it looked ok? Shannon went to the Soviet Union, she should have known better.
Things only got worst for Miller and the gang. Did she ever wonder why she had massive tendinitis in her wrists? I'm just asking, because it seems really fucking obvious. By 1996, they were pretty much just lobster claws.
So pretty. So artistic.
And thus, a trend was born. Even the seemingly perfect (until she got older and kind of media hungry) Dominique Moceanu was not immune to BUI (beaming under the influence.)
Good thing we always have the "other" Dominique to save us. Notice the pleasing line that draws from side to side. Light and elegant, betraying the skill as simple. As it should be.
But this is not a post about nice, pretty hands. It is about line-ruining, lightbulb turning man hands. And so we move on.
The 1997-2000 quad, in itself, was pretty much an affront to gymnastics. This was a time when a beat jump-rulfova was considered a "good combination." Super pretty. Flowed really well.
The USA had come off of this mind-blowing Olympic win, complete with compulsories and everything. So naturally, yeah, maybe the next generation kind of had their work cut out for them. But that is NOT an excuse for this-
Even those gifted with "good form" (I use the term loosely) have been cursed with the wrists.
Jesus. Ray looks like a teapot. And McCool looks like someone when they do the "oogy boogy" thing with their hands. Someone out there (Armine) thinks that this looks awesome.
It can destroy even the prettiest of gymnasts.
I am not shy with my Hollie love. I have Hollie fever. Always have. However, her wrists cannot be ignored.
This is when shit really got bad. Rescue 911 Crisis Level Midnight. From here on out, we have seen bent wrists on pretty much every American gymnast, sans a very few.
There is no excuse for this. Girls aren't even pretending to have a dance background anymore. And even the worst dancer with zero ballet training can grasp the concept of extending your extremities. A three year old can understand how to point her toes. Yet fifteen years later, we cannot expect girls to get how to point their wrists, essentially.
Like I mentioned, there are the exceptions. A lovely, simple body line is GLORIOUS, even with the most basic of skills. Because we so very rarely ever see them.
But then we have to go ruin it with ass poses, and more bent wrists.
I just don't get it. When did this become cool? Who in the world thinks it's pretty? Why isn't it deducted the same way flexed feet are? So many questions...
In conclusion, MAN I hate flexed wrists. They are unnecessary, unsightly, and probably damaging to the joints as well.
We must ERADICATE this disease before it is too late!