The Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics team that won the world | Legends Live On

The Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics team that won the world | Legends Live On


You train for hours and years
for a competition, and in two minutes, you have
to show them everything. I was programmed
for competition. There’s no second chance
in rhythmic gymnastics. It is now or forever. If they dropped a club,
a hoop, it was over. The hoop exercise
was really hard. Yes, the hoops are hard! Passing through the hoop… We called it the fan, right?
Yes, the fan we called it for
sure. OK, girls, did you listen
to our advice? Yes! Never forget it! When it gets hard,
never forget it! There will be days like this as
you all know. You’ve had it before and
you’ll continue to have it! Thanks again for your tribute.
We loved it! Thanks! For many gymnasts, “Las Niñas de Oro”
are a reference. When athletes begin practising a sport it’s often
because they’ve seen
someone, they imitate someone. – How are you, girls?
– Super! At that time, we were just
kids. They accepted giving up
their families, friends, and childhoods
to join the team. They knew it would be for
three or four years, – no
longer. The younger you are,
the more you accept
gymnastics as a joy. If you see young girls
in a rhythmic gymnastics hall, they will surely grab the
ribbon first and start trying. It’s a play. It’s a joy. For someone who knows
nothing about rhythmic
gymnastics, it’s all about art
and the body. Control in handling
the rope, hoop, ball, ribbon, and clubs. You need to know how to
work with the music and
apparatuses, the leotards, the staging…
It’s a performance. In competition,
at the slightest error, you lose it all. It is now or forever. It’s nice! But once the team was
formed, we instantly all had
the same goal and trained for
a common purpose. We became sisters.
We lived and trained
together. Hello. Ready, girls? I lived with them
and was very severe. I watched them in case
they ate anything. At the time, we had to be
weighed every day. I find that unhealthy. – What’s going on?
– Nothing What do you mean “nothing”? It’s dangerous because some gymnasts could
become obsessed. When you’re a young athlete, you don’t realise
the sacrifices you’re making. From January to the
Olympics, they stopped studying, they
forgot about eveything else. They were like closing nuns. They trained
seven to eight hours a day. They only went from home
to the stadium and from the stadium
to home, to train. I was given
this wonderful opportunity and tried to make
the most of it. We then had a difficult month. But Lorena worked very hard. You’d think we’d trained together
for four years. The daily routine made us
keep on training and we
never thought that we couldn’t
go to the Olympic Games. I never imagined we wouldn’t be taking part
in the Olympic Games. At the time, the most impressive teams were Russia and Bulgaria. You train for hours and years
for a single competition, and in two minutes,
you must show them
everything. Spain had to make up for its lack of physical allure by adding difficulty. Team Spain’s performance
was on the edge all the time. If they dropped a club,
a hoop, it was over. Everyone told me, “Emilia, “there are too many risky
elements in your exercises.” But that was the secret
of my success – risk! Risk was the reason
I succeeded! The composition and
execution fused together so
perfectly. We made two masterpieces. Come on, girls!
Now it’s not on us. You couldn’t have done
it better! It was no longer
in their hands. They needed Russia or
Bulgaria to make a mistake. Then, you think, “That’s it. “It’s over! We did it! “I have the Olympic Medal! “The medal we’d fought so
hard for, the training, “the life far from our
families…” It was all worth it because I had the Olympic medal. Look at you in this one,
Estela! Oh, my God! Look at my face! Only today do we realise
what we accomplished. The importance of
representing your country, that medal, what it meant
and represented. Back then, we weren’t aware
of what we’d accomplished. The medal only lasts that
brief moment you’re on the
podium. What remains is what
the sport taught you. That’s the most important
thing. It’s a unique experience
that will unite us forever. It will never be forgotten.
It will always be there.

16 Replies to “The Spanish Rhythmic Gymnastics team that won the world | Legends Live On”

  1. What does she mean by "Spain had to make up for its lack of physical allure (6:49)"?
    Were these girls considered less beautiful, elegant, dancerly… than the Russians or Bulgarians?

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