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"I Put a Spell on You" Rhythmic Gymnastics Routine Rio 2016

This Uberflexible Rhythmic Gymnastics Routine Is Giving Us Major Halloween Vibes

We're excited for the Tokyo Olympics to commence this summer, and taking a look back at incredible performances from the previous Games always gets the adrenaline pumping. Ganna Rizatdinova, representing Ukraine, is a rhythmic gymnast (different from artistic gymnasts such as Simone Biles and Aly Raisman), and her routine set to Annie Lennox's version of Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins's iconic "I Put a Spell on You" showcases everything that amazes us about this specific gymnastics discipline introduced as an Olympic event in 1984. It highlights out-of-this-world flexibility, beautiful artistry, and undeniable precision — how else would Rizatdinova be able to utilise the ball prop with such ease?

In the video above from the 2016 Rio Olympics, you'll see Rizatdinova contort her body; execute dizzying turns, overextended leaps, and balance-demanding pirouettes; and dance dramatically all while manipulating the ball with ease (apparatus handling is one aspect of a routine that gymnasts are scored on). Rizatdinova makes catching a ball perfectly behind her back after throwing it feet upon feet in the air look like a breeze.

Rizatdinova placed third all-around in Rio, receiving a bronze medal, and this routine gives off major Halloween vibes (it's never too early for a little Hocus Pocus). Bravo!

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