The Balance Beam Situation

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Handspring Pike 1/2




Known as
Handspring pike 1/2
Piked Cuervo (1/2 turn to back pike)

The handspring pike 1/2 was a favored vault in elite gymnastics in the early 2000s, but like all handspring vaults, has found its subscribers dwindling. At least, its intentional subscribers. We have a few attempts at handspring layout 1/2s that I would characterize as this vault. Worth the same as a Yurchenko full…why would you even bother with this.

The handspring pike 1/2 is, however, experiencing a renaissance in NCAA gymnastics in recent years because of its juicy, juicy 10.0 start value.

Like its tucked sister, the front pike with 1/2 turn and 1/2 turn into back pike are considered the same vault in the elite code, and you will also hear the latter referred to as a piked Cuervo.

4.60 (2017—)
5.00 (2006–2016)

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