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Stalder Tkatchev Piked (Downie)


Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as
Stalder Tkatchev piked
Stalder reverse hecht piked

Named for
Becky Downie (GBR)

Beginning around 2009, the increased emphasis on release elements as opposed to pirouettes in bonus connections ushered in a run on the bank for new Tkatchev variations of at least E value to perform into transitions for 0.2 CV.

Becky Downie was among the pioneers in this regard, getting the Stalder Tkatchev piked named after herself at the 2010 World Championship. It has since been picked up by several other bars daredevils (not an excessive amount because it’s still hard, but it’s among the more reasonable of the F- and G-value releases), at which point Downie stopped performing it, probably because it was getting too commercial. The indie darling of gymnastics.

It’s still a bit surprising that it took until 2010 to bring about the piked version of the Stalder Tkatchev because the Ricna had been around for nearly 30 years at that point. You’d think someone would have done it.

For Tkatchev variation clarification, refer to the Shaposhatchev Dictionary


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