The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Round-off 1/2 on, Layout 1/2 (Lopez)




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 skills that used to be named after people but aren’t anymore, the Lopez was removed from the named skills section of the code of points for reasons that are not well understood. 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.

Round-off 1/2 on, layout 1/2? Pass. Lopez. I wouldn’t care if she never did the vault. Lopez. There it is.

The Lopez is quite popular as a second vault currently, difficult enough to allow gymnasts to use it along with a DTY and realistically contend for the vault final at major world competitions and win vault medals at world cups. Anyone who is anyone has a Lopez as her second vault.

5.20 (2017—)
5.60 (2006–2016)

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