Handspring Rudi (Chusovitina)




Known as
Handspring rudi
Handspring layout 1.5

Named after
Oksana Chusovitinia (SOV/UZB/GER/UZB)

Ah, the golden goose of the handspring vaults (at least, that can be performed not horrifyingly), the handspring rudi is the ultimate goal of handspring vaulters as it is able to score competitively with the Amanar. Several have trained the double twist, though none have competed it yet.

You’ll mostly hear this vault called a handspring rudi rather than a handspring layout 1.5, part of the front-tumbling terminology gymnastics inherited from acrobats. You know it’s from acrobatics or trampoline when it kind of sounds like a word a three-year-old made up. (I kid…we’re all on the same team…fliffus isn’t a stupid word at all…) The term barani indicates a front salto with 1/2 twist, with rudi indicating 1.5 twists and randi indicating 2.5 twists. The rudi takes its name from Dave Roudolph, a trampoline acrobat in the 20s.

5.80 (2017—)
6.20 (2013–2016)
6.30 (2006–2012)

Currently performed by
Oksana Chusovitina (UZB)
Liu Jinru (CHN)
Sae Miyakawa (JPN)
Alexa Moreno (MEX)
Giulia Steingruber (SUI)
Asuka Teramoto (JPN)
Marcia Vidiaux (CUB)
Wang Yan (CHN)

Previously performed by (active gymnasts)
Ellie Black (CAN) (2012-2014)
Phan Thi Ha Thanh (VIE) (2012-2014)


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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