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Jaeger Piked



Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as
Piked Jaeger
Forward salto piked

Named for
Bernd Jaeger (GDR) (Man)

For quite a while, the piked Jaeger was a somewhat rare bird in the Jaeger family. Because it had the same value as the straddled version despite being the more difficult of the two skills, there was really no point to include it in your routine. Unless you were Russian. They were already all over the piked Jaeger.

Beginning in 2017, the piked Jaeger was bumped up in value to E, compared to D for the straddled version, which has ushered in the Age of the Piked Jaeger, the skill finding its way into many many more routines now that it not only receives an extra tenth on its own but also is eligible for 2-tenth connection bonuses into releases to the low bar. It has now become an exceptionally valuable bars element.

E (2017–)
D (–2016)

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