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Gainer Layout (Balance Beam)

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Event
Balance beam

Skill type
Dismount

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

About
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, and most Dutch.

It’s visual simplicity—lacking any twisting or a second salto—earned it a reputation as a lame cop-out dismount. That, coupled with its general overuse, saw the gainer layout downgraded from a D to a C for the 2017 code. Because C dismounts are now OK, this hasn’t really need to any kind of lessening frequency, but we do see quite a few people try to add twists into the mix now.

Value
C (2017—)
D (—2016)

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