Transition (Low bar-to-high bar)
Elisa Ray (USA)
The Stalder shoot is one of the three skills that Elise Ray has named after herself on the uneven bars (because of greedy). This is the first of the elements she got named after herself, so for the sake of differentiation, this is the Ray I, the toe-on Tkatchev is the Ray II, and the double-twisting double layout dismount is the Ray III. While she performed both the Ray I and Ray II at 1999 worlds, she saved the Ray II for event finals, so that’s why the Stalder shoot comes first.
The stalder shoot has had a rough go of things lately. From its soaring popularity in the 2008 and 2012 quads when it could be performed out of a bail handstand for bonus, it has seen its frequency dwindle drastically in recent years now that it’s no different from the rest of the peasants and not eligible for bonus.
To add insult to injury, all the shoots to high were downgraded from C to B in 2017, making them valued the same as a basic giant and ensuring there is no reason to perform them. We will still see some Stalder shoots for compositional purposes only, mostly from gymnasts who perform bails and need to find some way to get back to the high bar to do the good stuff. But even then, most gymnasts will opt for the toe-on rather than the Stalder.