IT WAS A DELTCHEV
Stoyan Deltchev (BUL) (Man)
A rare but refreshing change of pace to the stream of normal uneven bars releases, the Deltchev is often confused for the Gienger because both skills begin facing outward and catch facing inward, but they are different elements. The Deltchev is a 1/2 turn into a forward salto, while the Gienger is a backward salto with a 1/2 turn.
The Deltchev took on a different, inside-joke, cult-favorite identity among the gymternet several years ago at the International Gymnastics Challenge when a Deltchev was confused for a Gienger, leading Nastia Liukin to run up to Svetlana Boguinskaya and shout, “IT WAS A DELTCHEV” and flick her hair back Nastiaishly, instantly establishing that moment as the national bird of gym nerds. To this day, a Deltchev cannot be performed without being accompanied by a shout of IT WAS A DELTCHEV.
Currently performed by
Alexa Moreno (MEX)