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




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

Named after
Denisse Lopez (MEX)

Joining the pantheon of skill that used to be named after people but aren’t anymore, the Lopez was removed from the named skills for unexplained reasons that we can ignore. The vault remains popularly known as the Lopez, less as a method of fighting the power and more because this vault is way too cumbersome to describe without a name to associate with it.

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. 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 correct. So whatever.

5.20 (2017—)
5.60 (2006–2016)

Currently performed by
Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)
Anastasia Dmitrieva (RUS)
Ellie Downie (GBR)
Claudia Fragapane (GBR)
Brittany Rogers (CAN)
Kelly Simm (GBR)
Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS)

Previously performed by (active gymnasts)
Jade Barbosa (BRA) (2007–2011)
Simone Biles (USA) (2013-2015)
Maria Paseka (RUS) (2012-2013)
MyKayla Skinner (USA) (2012)


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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