Luisa Portocarrero – balance beam

Luisa Portocarrero was the alternate for the beam final at the 1992 Olympic Games representing Guatemala.

One of the many wonderful gymnasts coached by Carol-Angela Orchard at now defunct Seneca Gymnastics, Toronto. Recall that Carol-Angela married and moved to England after the Beijing Olympics.

Click PLAY or watch Luisa’s 1993 American Cup routine on YouTube.

Like so many other Seneca girls, Luisa went on to compete for UCLA.

I was reminded of Luisa after seeing this routine linked from a Gymbits post – Sport Seneca Style.

Click through to see more Seneca highlight routines from the past.

(barely)controlledchaos mentioned Luisa this week, too. She’s a legend.


#1 Dana on 02.17.10 at 9:42 am

Luisa is a legend and Carol is one of the best beam coaches around. Canada has surely suffered a loss with her happy move to the UK.
Thanks for posting!

#2 Liza on 02.17.10 at 6:13 pm

OMG that was an awesome beam routine! I wish todays beams were of that caliber!!! Thx you for posting her routine!

#3 Monica on 02.17.10 at 8:46 pm

Quite wonderful! Oh, the flexibility!

#4 ... on 02.17.10 at 8:55 pm

was her mount considered her own skill? it’s seemed a variation of k philips mount

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