Ksenia Afanasyeva – floor queen

Ksenia Afanasyeva has been vying for my spot of “favorite floor worker” since her gold medal at the 2011 Worlds. She carries herself like royalty on the floor and has an undefinable something – poise, elegance, “it” factor, and more – that I just can’t get enough of.

This is one of my all-time favorite floor routines. I absolutely love everything about it, especially the way even her smallest movements are calculated to draw the viewer in. To me, Ksenia exemplifies what floor should be about – high difficulty, but tempered in such a way that allows her to really interpret the music. I think that’s what some of the best routines have in common – the gymnasts explains the music to the viewer, gives it meaning – wordlessly saying “this is what it’s all about“.

That’s why, to me, Afan will always be one of floor’s greatest queens.


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