Check out Danusia Francis’ side antenna from the NCAA Gymnastics Beam Finals



The buzz for Sunday’s NCAA event finals wasn’t Florida adding two individual titles to their national title, but that’s what UCLA’s Danusia Francis did on beam.

Francis has been a spectacular beam worker for the Bruins this season, moving up to anchor, which is phenomenal for a freshman. The event finals are a time when you can “go broke” since you are competing alone, not as a team, and “Nush” as she is affectionately known by her friends has decided to throw out her side antenna.

You won’t see this element anywhere else – no one competes for it internationally (okay, one person could do that. Not in a major competition though.) Francis said she proposed it during the summer, while she suffered from a wrist injury – and you can see why. Look at mom, no hands! (4 feet off the ground! Land on something 4 inches wide!)

If you want to watch the video, fast forward to the 1:43:25 mark (yes, the hour and 43 minutes mark. She was the last competitor on beam.)

Or check out these awesome gifs, courtesy of allyoursecrets on tumblr:


It’s much more impressive from the side:




François describes it as a wheel without hands. With the hands, without the hands, all I know is that it was just spectacular. (too bad she fell on her antenna before, she could have had a legitimate shot to win the title on the beam.)

Gymnastics is fun!



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