Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I think the Russians have generally put more emphasis on ballet training, or at least that is the impression I've gotten. I wonder if they still are? I think most gymnasts get ballet training at some point (or used to), even here. I know I did, and I wasn't even all that good. I was even worse at ballet. lol. As far as recent Americans, Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin are 2 more of the more graceful gymnasts I can think of. But like we discussed above, it seems like difficulty is quickly killing the "artistic" portion.