The Balance Beam Situation

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Handspring Tuck 1/2




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

Named after
Jorge Cuervo (CUB)

The handspring front tuck 1/2 is valued too low (i.e., worth less than a Yurchenko full) to be a useful primary vault in modern elite gymnastics. It remains the second vault of choice for some of the World Challenge Cup vault junkies.

For the purposes of the code of points, the front tuck with a 1/2 turn out and the 1/2 turn into back tuck are considered the same vault, with the same skill number and value, though they are quite different. You will see this second version of the vault, the 1/2 turn into back tuck, unofficially referred to as a Cuervo throughout gymnastics, after Jorge Cuervo the Cuban MAG gymnast of the 70s, but that is not codified in the women’s CoP the way some other MAG names are.

4.40 (2017—)
4.80 (2006–2016)

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