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Stretching Out: 15 Halloween Costume Suggestions for the Gymnastics World
(21 votes, average 1.95 out of 5)

With Halloween approaching, I hereby offer the following costume suggestions...

Valery Liukin: Yoda

Wise master of the Force of gymnastics and fatherly teacher of Nastia. His patience and wisdom proved a winning combination in Beijing.

Nastia Liukin: Neck Tie

Liukin can't seem to win when it comes to ties. She tied teammate Chellsie Memmel for the 2005 world all-around title, but was bumped to second with what may have been the most ridiculous rule ever: score truncation. Then, ties were permitted at the worlds in 2006 and 2007, but not at the Olympics in Beijing, where Liukin lost a share of the uneven bars gold to He Kexin because of a tie-breaker.

Liukin recently told me that she would have been more upset with her Olympic silver on uneven bars had she not already won the all-around gold. She said that winning an Olympic gold changed her life, and that it opened numerous doors: charity work, appearances, etc., that would have otherwise remained shut.

Oksana Chusovitina: Fountain of Youth

This costume might be a little tricky to create, but if the 33-year-old Chusovitina can win a silver medal in her fifth Olympic Games, I'm sure she can handle it. (Remember the shower costume from The Karate Kid? Something like that.)

Shawn Johnson: Smiley Face

No explanation needed. (Come to think of it, the Smiley Face could go as Shawn Johnson.)

Smiley Face Shawn Johnson

Liang Chow: Smiley Face


Jonathan Horton: Dart

His dismount landings in the Olympic team final helped stick his team on the medal podium.

Fabian Hambüchen: Cheerleader

This is not much of a stretch for the exuberant German, but it's the best I could come up with.

Paul Hamm: Ghost

After a great comeback, he disappeared because of a broken hand. Will he reappear? (His coach, Miles Avery, recently told me he knew nothing about another Hamm comeback.)

Leszek Blanik: Pole Vaulter

He's from Poland. He's the Olympic vault champion. (I credit IG's Amanda Turner for this one.)

Vanessa Ferrari: Volkswagen

The 2006 world champ has lost some horsepower since her big win in Aarhus.

Beth Tweddle: Quick Change Artist

I'm not exactly sure what this costume would look like, but that's what she was on the uneven bars in Beijing.

He Kexin: Birth Certificate

I fear this has been a popular costume for years, and not just for the Chinese.

Jordan Jovtchev: Olympic Gold Medal

It may be the closest he'll ever come to it.

Qiao Xin: Propeller

The Chinese pommel horse god swings so close to horizontal that he probably creates lift on the apparatus.

Justin Spring: Spiderman

I have no clever reason why Spring should be Spiderman, other than it seems to fit him. Plus, he's built kind of "spidery," is he not?

Justin Spring as Spiderman

Feel free to contribute some of your own costume ideas...

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Allistair Fraser said:

A costume for Andreea.....
How about to dress like a bell or sweet pepper for Andreea Raducan? She is, after all, known as "Gogosarul" or sweet pepper. But what that has to do with Andreea Raducan is beyond me.
May 27, 2009
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Allistair Fraser said:

A costume for Elena Leva...
How about dressing Elena Leva of Cirque Du Soleil as Ringman from the popular MegaMan videogame series? She already has the ability to twirl those rings.
June 04, 2009
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Allistair Fraser said:

For Nadia Comaneci...
For Nadia Comaneci, how about a costume like Kitana or Mileena from the Mortal Kombat games? There always was an air of mystery about her, and despite being retired for a number of years, she is still very graceful and agile, and probably still has a pretty good spring in her step.
June 05, 2009
Votes: +1

Allistair Fraser said:

For Tatiana Nabiyeva, how about a costume as Pinkie Pie the pony? She likes everything "positively pink" and she has a lot of positive energy, much like the My Little Pony character.
June 05, 2009
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Allistair Fraser said:

For Daria Joura?
For Daria Joura, how about a costume as Rainbow Brite? Or as Rainbow's friend Canary Yellow (who is colourful and very cheerful) or how about Funshine the Care Bear, for the same reason?
June 05, 2009
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