Round-off 1/2 on, layout 1.5
Yurchenko 1/2 on, layout 1.5
Cheng Fei (CHN)
The Cheng. The “my second vault, the one that isn’t an Amanar” of choice for the 3.5 gymnasts who will attempt to contend for major vault titles. The Cheng is the exclusive domain of only the most proficient vaulters in the world—and one or two misguided stragglers here and there who will attempt and then quit everything to go live in a shoe.
You will often hear round-off 1/2-on style vaults referred to as “Yurchenko 1/2 on,” which is fine, though I don’t use it. The term Yurchenko refers to the round-off vault entry without any twisting in pre-flight. When a half-twist is added, it becomes a different entry that isn’t a Yurchenko. Yurchenko is not a synonym for round-off. It’s a style of vault, of which this is not one.
The valid counter-argument to that would be that using Yurchenko 1/2 on is no different than referring to a skill as a Shaposhnikova 1/2, even though the Shaposhnikova is its own different, specific skill. Which is a good point. Other counter-argument: the round-off 1/1-on vaults are classified in the same family as the Yurchenkos, so why shouldn’t the round-off-1/2 on vaults be? Also a good point. So whatever.