Layout to two feet
Among the most difficult of the frequently performed acrobatic skills on beam, the layout to two feet is a particular favorite of the Chinese and Russians, performed in combination out of back handsprings to build difficulty through both connection value and series bonus.
Its enduring popularity is somewhat surprising given how harshly the layout to two feet has been evaluated in recent years, often downgraded for lacking rise and resembling a whip back as well as for leg separation. And if not downgraded, the potential execution deductions for those faults make the layout a curious choice the can do more harm than good. The lure of an E-value skill is a powerful force.