Switch Side (Johnson) (Balance Beam)

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Event
Balance beam

Skill type
Dance

Known as
Switch side
Switch leap 1/4
Switch straddle
Johnson

Named after
Kathy Johnson (USA)

About

The switch side is so called because it is a switch leap to side stand, officially a switch leap with quarter turn to a straddle. This particular skill is the one named after Kathy Johnson, so the term Johnson extends to all versions of the switch side on beam and floor, including those with additional twisting.

It’s C value renders it among the more popular C dance elements, but because it can’t be connected out of, it tends to be eschewed by those looking for the very highest D scores who will prefer dance elements that they can fake-connect out of to rack up bonus tenths.

Value
C

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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