Double Arabian Piked (Dos Santos)


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Floor exercise

Skill type

Known as
Double Arabian piked
Arabian double pike
Dos Santos

Named after
Daiane Dos Santos (BRA)

The piked double Arabian remains among the rarefied floor tumbling elements, performed only by a selection club of chosen ones. Most gymnasts going for high D scores on floor will attempt to get that difficulty through a skill like the double double tucked—which is inexplicably valued higher than the Dos Santos, and children I cannot even begin—but a few do favor the challenging piked double Arabian.

Technically, this skill should be known as the Dos Santos I, with the never-seen-since layout version being the Dos Santos II. But, since no one ever performs the Dos Santos II, the numbers aren’t really necessary for clarification.


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