The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Round-off 1/2 on, Front Pike (Omelianchik)




Known as
Round-off 1/2 on, front pike
Yurchenko 1/2 on, front pike
The best vault ever

Named after
Oksana Omelianchik (SOV)

Avid followers of this site will know that this is my favorite vault ever, and all other vaults can bow down to it. As such, I feel uniquely qualified to express that it is criminally undervalued with respect to the Yurchenko full in the elite code. It needs to be at least the same value as the full, if not a tenth higher, to promote some variety and avert its endangered status. This needs to be promoted as a viable alternative.

Thankfully, its 10.0 start in the NCAA code means its still going strong there as one of the vaulting golden geese.

4.40 (2017—)
4.80 (2006–2016)

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