The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Round-off 1/2 on, Layout 1/1




Known as
Round-off 1/2 on, layout full
Yurchenko 1/2 on, layout full

Named after
Nobody actually

What a trip it has been with the naming of this one. At various times, the gymternet has futilely tried to name this vault after Khorkina, Mustafina, Pavlova, the Cookie Monster, and all of them. Any attempt has been unsuccessful. As far as can be determined, Mustafina’s performance of this vault at the 2010 world championships did make her the first gymnast to have successfully completed in at a world championship or Olympic Games—typically what would have been required to get it named—but it already existed in the code of points at that stage.

Cheng Fei had long since submitted the 1.5, so the full had to be there as well to fill in all the appropriate spots. There was no way/need to submit it as a new skill because it was already in the code, and if you don’t submit it as a new skill, you’re not getting it named.

5.60 (2017—)
6.00 (2013–2016)
6.10 (2006–2012)

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