The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Back Handspring

Back handspring

back handspring

Floor exercise

Skill type
Hand support

Known as
Back handspring

Ranking second only to the round-off in terms of floor ubiquity, the back handspring exists in nearly every floor routine except for those gymnasts who physically can no longer do it anymore. The back handspring is a (near) necessity in gaining the momentum necessary to do back tumbling passes, and most of them are medium and unremarkable.

But if you really want to make an argument about how a college gymnast is getting overscored, a cool-kid thing to say is, “It’s like the judges aren’t even watching her mushy knees on those back handsprings.” You’ll get invited to the velvet-rope room if you do that.


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