*Moistens finger with mouth and checks the air. makes fart noise with my armpit*
So, I saw the coverage about her groundbreaking performance in the recent US championships, and how she had pulled off two specific skills that nobody else had ever done before. So out of curiosity I went and watched some highlights.
And doing that, I realized that I am just unequipped to appreciate what she did. Specifically, in gymnastics (or any sport where this is an issue), once somebody does one of these big flip moves, I am completely unable to tease out how many times they rotated and how many corkscrews were combined in what order. It's just one big undifferentiated mass of spinnyness to me.
This is true for gymnastics, diving, halfpipe, pretty much anything where somebody might be rotating on two different axes at one time. The announcers are immediately going crazy about a full double half twist triple loop de loop spinner that Shaun White just did, and I could watch it 756 times and not be able to distinguish that from the triple lindy upside down double flip flop zipper twist that is way easier, which is all the poor second place guy could muster.
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*Simone Biles-jack* - DT August 14, 2019, 7:47:49
- There was a fascinating breakdown on Twitter about her floor jump - Taz August 14, 2019, 9:21:01
- I have a similar issue with MMA - Sammich August 14, 2019, 9:03:28
- yep, I was watching some of the XGames last week and all of that stuff is... - shua August 14, 2019, 8:22:47
- Same* - ATL August 14, 2019, 8:19:29
- *Moistens finger with mouth and checks the air. makes fart noise with my armpit* - timmer August 14, 2019, 8:11:31
- i feel like this for basically every sport not tennis, baseball, soccer, or running. - ghost_of_clt August 14, 2019, 8:09:34
- Same. Although with Simone I can easily notice the speed and height difference in her tumbling - voiceofreason August 14, 2019, 7:58:24
- This is precisely how I feel. Everything they do looks amazing to me. - Carl Spackler August 14, 2019, 7:54:30
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