Round-off 1/2 on, Pike 1/2 (Podkopayeva)




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

Named after
Lilia Podkopayeva (UKR)

Thankfully, Lilia Podkopayeva gave her name to this vault, so even though Podkopayeva is five syllables, it’s still more convenient than describing this vault, one that if fairly rarely (intentionally) performed these days, with most gymnasts hoping to get credit for the layout version, even if they’re pretty piked.

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 a good point. So whatever.

4.80 (2017—)
5.20 (2006–2016)

Currently performed by
Daniele Hypolito (BRA)
Tatiana Nabeiva (RUS)


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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