Side Aerial (Balance Beam)

side-aerial

sideaerial

Event
Balance beam

Skill type
Acrobatic

Known as
Side aerial
Aerial cartwheel
Free cartwheel

About
Only slightly less popular than the front aerial, the side aerial reigns as another of the traditional, largely non-horrifying D-rated acrobatic skills, popping up in the majority of international beam routines from all countries. In general, it’s relatively inoffensive unless it suddenly decides to end in a squatty little side position when gymnasts to pretend like they did a side somi even though it’s not. It’s just a side aerial with some ugly added at the end.

Value
D

 

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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