Clear-Hip Tkatchev (Hindorff)



Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as
Clear-hip Tkatchev
Clear-hip reverse hecht

Named for
Silvia Hindorff (GDR)

A skill ahead of its time, the Hindorff was the first of any of the Tkatchev variations to be introduced in women’s gymnastics, and Hindorff and Tkatchev were contemporaries in their modernizing of bars work through release elements.

Officially, the regular Tkatchev is credited to Davydova in the women’s code of points, but her performance of it came a couple years after Hindorff initiated the naming of reverse hechts on the uneven bars with the clear-hip version. Should Hindorff, when referring specifically to women’s gymnastics, be used as the base term for all reverse-hecht variations instead of the male Tkatchev?

In that regard, there is a generational gap in naming of Tkatchev elements because—before Elise Ray came along and got the Ray named after herself—the term Hindorff was sort of used as a catch-all to refer to both elements, and sort of generally hard Tkatchevs. That’s why you’ll sometimes hear old-timers call a Ray a Hindorff, and the gymternet will go “IT’S A RAY YOU IDIOT.”

There are many Tkatchev-style skills, so for handy reference, refer to the Shaposhatchev Dictionary with naming differentiation for all Shaposhnikova and Tkatchev variants.


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