Shushunova (Uneven Bars)



Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as

Named for
Elena Shushunova (SOV)

You will occasionally hear this skill called a full-twisting Tkatchev, but that is not accurate. A full-twisting Tkatchev happens when you release into a Tkatchev, do a full twist in the air, and then catch, and would be way cooler than this.

In the Shushunova, much of the turning is still done with one hand in contact with the bar, and then you release in straddle position to catch. As such, it’s one of the weirder looking skills on uneven bars.

Prior to 2013, the skill was valued G, a rating that seemed to reflect the full-twisting Tkatchev misnomer more than the actual skill. This was rectified in that 2013 update to the code of points, in which the Shushunova was hit with the nearly-unheard-of two-tenth downgrade to a more realistic and appropriate E rating.

E (2013—)
G (2006–2012)

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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