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Layout (2 feet)


Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Layout to two feet
Back layout

Among the most difficult of the frequently performed acrobatic skills on beam, the layout to two feet is a particular favorite of the Chinese, 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. And if not downgraded, the potential execution deductions for those faults make the layout a curious choice that typically does more harm than good to the score

What I’m saying is, I don’t know why 75% of the people (and 95% of the non-Chinese people) who do this skill even bother to do it. The lure of an E-value skill is a powerful force.


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