Gainer Layout (Balance Beam)



Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Gainer layout
Gainer straight
Gainer layout at end of the beam

The much-maligned gainer layout has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years among gymnasts who aren’t so much with the tumbling but need a D dismount on beam. Or just, any and all Germans. It’s visual simplicity—lacking any twisting or a second salto—earned it a reputation along with many of its gainer family members as a lame cop-out dismount. That, coupled with its general overuse, saw it downgraded from a D to a C for the 2017 code.

C (2017—)
D (—2016)

Currently performed by
Sherine El Zeiny (EGY)
Vasiliki Millousi (GRE)
Pauline Schaefer (GER)
Sophie Scheder (GER)
Elisabeth Seitz (GER)
Ailen Valente (ARG)
Louise Vanhille (FRA)
Lieke Wevers (NED)


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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