GRACEFUL SHOWING IN MONACO By Monika Heilbut Delegation Leader
t was like driving into a dream world coming out of the Italian Alps towards the blue Mediterranean into Monaco for the Princess Grace Cup . With the breathtaking view before them, rhythmic gymnasts Elizabeth Cull and Dacon Lister pondered what this seven-country meet was to bring. During the first day ofthe competition, Lister opened with a 9.25 for her rope and ball routines. Cull scored a 9.10 for the clubs, and a 9.20 with the ball, for a respectable showing against many gymnasts who had already established themselves in the European arena. The following day Lister was again on as she scored a 9.30 for clubs and a 9.20 with the ribbon. Cull experienced execution problems with her ribbon, dropping her score to a 9.00, but scored a 9.15 for her rope routine. Lister finished the all-around competition in 8th place (37.00), while Cull was close behind in 10th (36.45). Because of their fine performances, these two young rhythmic gymnasts shall be remem-
bered the next time they compete internationally. The United States had no group exercise at this competition which was won by the Bulgarians. The twins from Bulgaria, Adriana and Kamelia Dunavska, won the all-around competition. The Bulgarians have always had excellent execution, but the factor which made them stand out from the rest was their ability to synchronize the music with their movements. Each movement corresponded with a note of accompaniment. The winners paid great attention to detail, especially in transitions; and their emotional expression was not fragmentary, but whole. All of these aspects together gave their routines a polish that no one else exhibited.
Dacon Lister (left) and Elizabeth Cull performed royally in the Princess Grace Cup in Monaco. (USGF photo)