The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Round-off 1/2 on, Tuck 1.5 (Khorkina)




Known as
Round-off 1/2 on, tuck 1.5
Yurchenko 1/2 on, tuck 1.5
Khorkina XXIV…or something

Named after
Svetlana Khorkina (RUS)

An exceptionally rare vault, but nonetheless a famous one because Khorkina reasons. Its rareness is likely equal parts the result of its difficulty and of the PTSD of flappy terror we all have from seeing Khorkina attempt it in 2004. Like a duck shot by Bela Karolyi falling out of the sky.

It’s one of those skills Khorkina came up with so that she could have competitive difficulty despite (apparently) being a giantess of 5’5″ and an ancient great-grandmother in her second and third quadrenniums still trying to convince her legs to work.

5.40 (2017—)
5.90 (2006–2016)

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