Switch Ring (Balance Beam)

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switchringbeam

Event
Balance beam

Skill type
Dance

Known as
Switch ring (leap)
Change-leg ring leap

About
Among the most heavily scrutinized elements on beam, the switch ring boasts the irresistible siren song of an E value for a dance element, yet is also a risky proposition both for falling and for downgrades. Also for ugliness. Oh the ugliness. Only a handful of gymnasts who perform the skill show anything verging on an actual ring position, though that doesn’t stop them from doing it. Most opt for a drunken U or a switch-arthritic-snake.

Value
E

Currently performed by
Tabea Alt (GER)
Rebeca Andrade (BRA)
Bai Yawen (CHN)
Alyssa Baumann (USA)
Chen Siyi (CHN)
Kaitlin DeGuzman (USA)
Senna Deriks (BEL)
Anastasia Dmitrieva (RUS)
Gabrielle Douglas (USA)
Daria Elizarova (RUS)
Fan Yilin (CHN)
Polina Fedorova (RUS)
Carlotta Ferlito (ITA)
Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)
Emily Gaskins (USA)
Ruby Harrold (GBR)
Laurie Hernandez (USA)
Huang Huidan (CHN)
Daniele Hypolito (BRA)
Gabby Jupp (GBR)
Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska (POL)
Bailie Key (USA)
Maria Kharenkova (RUS)
Axelle Klinckaert (BEL)
Madison Kocian (USA)
Angelina Kysla (UKR)
Liu Jinru (CHN)
Liu Tingting (CHN)
Lu Yufei (CHN)
Luo Huan (CHN)
Vasiliki Millousi (GRE)
Mary-Anne Monckton (AUS)
Mai Murakami (JPN)
Aliya Mustafina (RUS)
Gaelle Mys (BEL)
Emma Nedov (AUS)
Maggie Nichols (USA)
Shallon Olsen (CAN)
Isabela Onyshko (CAN)
Catalina Ponor (ROU)
Lexy Ramler (USA)
Flavia Saraiva (BRA)
Pauline Schaefer (GER)
Evgeniya Shelgunova (RUS)
Daria Spiridonova (RUS)
Aiko Sugihara (JPN)
Seda Tutkhalyan (RUS)
Yuki Uchiyama (JPN)
Wang Yan (CHN)
Rose Woo (CAN)
Yao Jinnan (CHN)
Zhu Xiaofang (CHN)

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