Side Somi 1/2 (Schaefer)

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Event
Balance beam

Skill type
Acrobatic

Known as
Side somi 1/2
Schaefer

Named after
Pauline Schaefer (GER)

About
The ultimate example of the lesson that when life gives you lemons, invent a cooler and less ugly skill, the side somi 1/2 is simply variation on the hated side somi, but one that gets both literal and figurative bonus points for difficulty and originality. The extra 1/2 turn also requires gymnasts (and by gymnasts, I mean Schaefer) have more control over the skill and abandon the telltale poop squat that makes the side somi so loathed for a much more respectable legs-together position.

Value
E

Currently performed by
Pauline Schaefer (GER)

 

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