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Back 2.5 (Balance Beam)


Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Back 2.5
Back layout 2.5

Until 2017, the back 2.5 was really the only viable dismount for twisty gymnasts uncomfortable with doing a double salto off the end of the beam. At D, you could get away with it.

Now, many many of the gymnasts who used to perform a 2.5 have decided to step back down to the 2/1 because they’re no longer punished for doing a C element. As a result, the 2.5 has dwindled in its popularity, also illuminating that it’s really quite difficult to do this dismount cleanly and under control and rarely worth it for just a D. Sticking a 2/1 is going to end up garnering a higher final score for nearly every gymnast.


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