Among the riskier salto skills on beam, the front pike is rewarded for that risk with an E value, making it an enticing skill but not quite enticing enough to be a staple of balance beam routines. It is still the rare gymnast who competes the front pike, only those quite confident in their acrobatic power on beam (i.e. Americans, who make up the lion’s share of gymnasts performing the front pike).
Currently performed by
Emily Little (AUS)