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Ten New Skills Submitted During 2016 Olympic Games

The following skills have been submitted to the International Gymnastics Federation for evaluation and inclusion in the Code of Points. 

Vault

Hong – Hong Un Jong from North Korea has previously submitted the triple twisting Yurchenko for evaluation on multiple occasions but she has never gone so far as to practice the skill at a major event and if she has it was not captured on video. The North Korean gymnast trained the extremely difficult vault in a training hall with a massive boost from a coach on the table and again attempted it during podium training. She hit the table with perfectly square shoulders and got a huge block but was unable to put the vault to her feet, which shows just how difficult this vault will be to land. The Hong Un Jong will have a start value of 6.8 points.

Steingruber – Swiss gymnast Giulia Steingruber has competed an extremely strong and well executed handspring one and a half twist, also known as a Rudi, for a few years. Giulia definitely achieves enough height to add an additional half twist and compete the first handspring front double twist. Training videos have shown Giulia practicing this vault into a foam pit with a spot. If Giulia competes this vault successfully, it will have a 6.6 difficulty rating.

Bars

Biles – Simone Biles already has a skill named after her on floor and one might be surprised to learn she has submitted an original skill on uneven bars seeing as she does not dominate the event as she dominates vault, beam, and floor. The skill would be a variation of a Weiler kip, a men’s high bar skill that has become a popular move in women’s gymnastics over the past few years. The Biles would be a Weiler kip followed by a full turn in handstand position, which would occur if Simone accidentally kept turning after the Weiler half turn she performs in her routine. Her coach has stated that they submit this skill in case Simone makes a mistake and competes a more difficult routine than planned. #justSimonethings

Gebeshian – Gymternet darling, physician’s assistant, NCAA gymnastics alum, and person who does a million other things that will give you an inferiority complex Houry Gebeshian is the first Armenian Olympic gymnast and casually created a new skill, a feat many gymnasts never achieve. Houry successfully competed her new bars mount in which she jumps over the low bar, performs a full twist, and then catches the high bar. The creative mount has a D value. 

Beam

Dick II – Why have one Dick when you can have two?! Last year Trinidad and Tobago’s Marisa Dick created an eponymous skill in which she performs a switch leap and lands on the top of the beam while in split position. This year Dick has upped her game and created the Dick II. The second Dick skill is also a mount and Marisa completes this skill by performing a switch leap with a half twist and landing on the beam in split position. With the Trinidadian gymnast continually improving and creating new skills, perhaps more Dick’s will arise in gymnastics in the future. 

Sugihara – Aiko Sugihara from Japan submitted a double twisting Y turn on beam. This new skill is a spin on the existing single Y turn (see what I did there?). Aiko did not attempt this skill in either qualifications or team final and she will not compete in event finals which means the new E skill will not be added to the Code of Points. 

Jurowska-Kowalska – Poland’s Katarzyn Jurowska-Kowalska created a new beam dismount by increasing the difficulty on an existing dismount. The Steinguber dismount is a gainer layout off the end of the beam with a full twist. The Jurowska-Kowalska will be a gainer layout with two twists; however, Katarzyna landed the skill on her knees during qualifications and the FIG will most likely not accept the attempt as a successfully competed skill. Unfortunately, Katarzyna will not have an opportunity during the Olympics to attempt the dismount again and will have to wait until the 2017 World Championships in Montreal to resubmit the F rated skill. 

Floor

Fragapane – Claudia Fragapane earned the rather unique nickname Pocket Rocket during her medal sweep at the 2014 Commonwealth Games because of her powerful vault and tumbling passes on floor. Frags typically does not receive praise for her strong dance elements which is why it is slightly surprising that she has submitted an eponymous dance element on floor. The Fragapane is a switch leap with two turns and would be worth an E.

Wevers I/II – Lieke Wevers of the Spinning Dutchwomen submitted two different triple turn variations: one with the free leg at horizontal and one with the free leg behind in attitude. Lieke previously submitted the attitude version at the 2015 World Championships but the FIG did not accept the skill. Wevers again submitted the difficult turning element and has had qualifications and team finals to attempt the skill. The FIG rated both of the new Wevers skills and each received an E rating. 

Andrade – Rebeca Andrade from Brazil submitted a new floor element in which she would perform a double tuck with one and a half twist. Junior gymnast Shilese Jones from the United States has previously performed this skill but Rebeca will be the first gymnast to compete it in a World Championships or Olympic Games, meaning the skill will bear her name. Andrade unfortunately did not attempt the G rated skill during the Olympics and will have over a year perfect the skill in time for 2017 World Championships. 

The FIG will announce which skills have been accepted and which skills have been harshly rejected and told to try again next year following the conclusion of the Games. 

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Kerry Joyce • 13/08/2016


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