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 actually trying to describe this vault. It’s a vault fairly rarely performed these days (intentionally), as most gymnasts will post the layout version and hope to get credit for it, even though they’re actually performing the Podkopayeva.

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.

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