Korbut (Balance Beam)



Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Korbut flip
Korbut flic
Korbut swingdown

Named after
Olgo Korbut (SOV)

Despite being one of the most pervasive skill names in all of gymnastics (we all know this element as the Korbut after she famously performed it at the 1972 Olympics), this swingdown skill is no longer named after Olga Korbut in the code of points, having disappeared in the 2017 update. Because of I cannot and YOU GUYS.

You will hear this referred to as the Korbut flip, though that term also refers to the now-banned flip from standing on the high bar, so I choose to call this one just the Korbut.

The Korbut is back, baby. It went through a dry spell for a few decades there (and being rated just a B didn’t help), but the need for B elements to snatch series bonus in the 2017-2020 code has led many gymnasts to tack Korbuts onto the end of combinations for another tenth in bonus. All the cool kids are Korbutting again.


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama