Anakana Schofield – Award Winning Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Hyper extension

This is curious from 1964, I think French doc on gymnastics: was particularly drawn to Caslavska in the first sequence. The sport was so much more balletic, now and really since the 70’s it’s been all hyper extension of limbs and high risk and tornado tumbling. It was the repetition that I loved about being a gymnast and the lines, whether it was a tumbling sequence of the line of your leg and extended foot in relation to your arm and hand. And the way you had to use all your strength to uncurl your body to an extended straight line, relying on your shoulders and wrists to get your there because sometimes from sitting you’d have nothing other than that.

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