Double Front 1/2 (Podkopayeva)



Floor exercise

Skill type

Known as
Double front 1/2 out
Double front 1/2

Named after
Lilia Podkopayeva (UKR)

I have a few things to say about the iconic Podkopayeva, the double front 1/2 out.

First of all, it is credited and described only as a double front with 1/2 twist, and as is typical, the code does not care exactly where the 1/2 twist takes place. Bah. A true Podkopayeva completes both front saltos, then features a 1/2 twist before landing. It does not feature the half twist as part of the second salto. While the latter technique will receive the same value and will technically be a Podkopayeva, we all know that it is not in its soul.

Secondly, this element used to be valued at only E until 2013, which is a vile travesty of justice. A double front 1/2 out just at E? How dare you.

F (2013-)
E (2006-2012)

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama