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Thorsdottir: ‘It’s Up To Me To Make It Work’
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The June 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes an insightful interview with ’19 European floor exercise silver medalist Eythora Thorsdottir of the Netherlands, who enjoys playing a collaborative role in the creation and character of her unique performances.

Thorsdottir said the process of designing her current floor exercise routine began after her coach and choreographer, Patrick Kiens, had her listen to Portuguese singer Dulce Pontes’ “Porto,” the music he selected for it, three times.

“He gave me the starting position and after that he just asked me, ‘Try this movement,’” said Thorsdottir, who placed ninth all-around at the 2016 Olympics Games, third on floor exercise and second on balance beam at the ’17 European Championships, and 11th all-around at the ’19 Europeans.

The evolution of this routine, like her other ones, involved mutual input.

“I make it my own, he tells me whether it works or not and so on until he thinks, ‘Yes, that works,’” Thorsdottir said. “He makes the choreo but it's up to me to make it work. This routine took us only one training to create.”

The June 2019 issue of International Gymnast magazine includes the complete interview with Eythora Thorsdottir, revealing her suggestions on how to judge artistry, how she prepares just before performing her floor routine, how she strives to balance aesthetics and acrobatics, what her new floor routine conveys and other comments.

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