Liudmila Ezhova (RUS)
The other high-to-low release! Because of ugh, we typically see only two releases from high to low in elite gymnastics, the Pak and the bail. Other options do exist, however, and one of them is the Ezhova: basically a pak but coming from the other direction and involving a half turn.
The problem is that there are not many connection-worthy skills that finish facing the proper way to connect into a Ezhova. The exception to that is a Tkatchev to mixed grip, which is why the only major gymnasts performing the Ezhova in recent years have been people like Tweddle, Dowell, and Derwael, gymnasts who do perform a Tkatchev to mixed.
I would not mind seeing the Ezhova upgraded to an E to provoke more gymnasts to consider finding a way to do it for useful value.
Currently performed by
Nina Derwael (BEL)
Anastasia Iliankova (RUS)