There are good men’s horizontal bar routines. Then there is Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland’s horizontal bar routine.
Yesterday, during the final day of gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics, the Dutchman wowed spectators and TV audiences alike with his high-flying acrobatics on the way to a gold medal – The Netherlands’ first ever gold in the event.
Zonderland, apart from sporting one of cooler names in these London Games, performed a routine with an insane start value of 17.900. The high difficulty was granted, in large part, because of a back-to-back-to-back (that’s three) release combination.
And he nailed it. Check it out below:
He was awarded a 16.533, which was just enough to beat German Fabian Hambuechen for the gold. For U.S. TV audiences, this was the last gymnastic event the NBC aired for 2012. I’d say it was a spectacular way to go out.