Front tuck 1/2
Cristina Grigoras (ROU)
when performed as front tuck to 1/2 turn
Alfonso Baroni (acrobat)
The term barani is among the words gymnastics has inherited from ye olde tyme acrobatics and is a catchall used to refer to any forward-takeoff salto with a half twist (rudi refers to 1.5 twists, and randi refers to 2.5 twists). It is a bastardization of the name Alfonso Baroni, a 19th-century Italian acrobat.
The Grigoras specifically refers to a barani performed as a front tuck followed by a half twist, as opposed to a 1/2-twisting back tuck. This differentiation used to be important because the Grigoras (example 1) was valued at F while the 1/2 twist to back tuck (example 2) was an E. In the 2017 code, the 1/2 twist to back tuck has been elevated to an F as well, making the difference irrelevant. Not irrelevant, however, is the fact that the box for a Grigoras seems to have disappeared entirely from the 2017 code. So, we’re really just saying they’re the same skill now?
Currently performed by
Simone Biles (USA)
Tatiana Nabieva (RUS)