Bars would be easier for tall gymnasts if the the bar would go higher.
Hatsumomo at gymnastics coaching
mentioned tall former elite gymnast Ashely Miles, at 5'7". And she did elite bars.
The bars had to be adjusted specially for the tall Ashley Miles- who said gymnastics was only for short people?-, who took a few steps on her double front dismount. Then the rotation was delayed again when the bars had to re-adjusted for the not so tall Mohini Bhardwaj, who stuck her full-twisting double layout dismount cold. [/quote]http://www.gymmedia.com/Anaheim03/appa/wom_teamquali1_e.htm
Ashley's favorite event is listed on her USA Gymnastics bio page as the uneven bars!
Here she is on bars:
Ashley Miles - 2001 American Team Cup - Uneven Bars
Ashley Miles - 2001 US Nationals Prelims - Uneven Bars
She's not straddling her legs on her giants!
Also did NCAA for Alabama:
[quote]Miles, from San Antonio, is the first to acknowledge she is not a typical gymnast. That didn't stop her from claiming four individual event championships during her career at Alabama or from being recognized as the best in the country by Honda Award voters.
"People will look at me and ask, 'Do you play basketball?' " she says. "But I've been doing gymnastics my whole life."
Tall for a gymnast at 5-7, Miles has turned that to her advantage in her signature events. She claimed a third individual vault title at the NCAA meet this year to go with the floor exercise title in 2004.
"The vault has always been my strength, just because of the way I trained when I was younger and the way I ran. I used to be in track and field," she says. "I've always been very explosive. In competition, two of us could be doing the same vault but mine would look bigger. And the floor was always easy and fun. That's where I could really show my personality."
Her winning vault and all-around performance helped the Crimson Tide to a third-place national finish. She capped a solid career that included first-team All-America honors in 12 events.
"I didn't even do all-around until my junior year," she says. "I had to work harder on the beam and the uneven bars. I'd pretty much maxed out on the two events I was good at, so once again I had to put in the hard work. It teaches you discipline � this sport is good for that."[/quote]USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2006-06-21-honda-finalists_x.htm