Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as
Reverse hecht
Davydova (though by exactly 0% of people)

Named for
Elena Davydova (SOV)
Aleksandr Tkatchev (SOV) (Man)

Ah, the old Tkatchev. It is the standard, most basic version of the reverse hecht skills, and the most commonly performed now, though it was not the first to appear in women’s gymnastics. When Silvia Hindorff originated her clear-hip version, that was the first reverse hecht to make its way into women’s gymnastics.

Also, no one calls it a reverse hecht. Tkatchev is fully pervasive as a method of identifying this skill in both men’s and women’s gymnastics. Because men. It is also the root skill by which other variations can be defined through modifiers, like a Stalder Tkatchev, or a Toe-on Tkatchev.

Like all names brought to the Roman alphabet from Cyrillic, there are about a trillion different ways to spell Tkatchev, none of which is technically more correct than the others. I opt for Tkatchev because that is how it’s spelled in the code of points and is a relatively efficient way of going about things. You will also see Tkachev and occasionally Tkachyov. Both fine. This only becomes a problem when a transliteration option gets unintentionally unfortunate. We all should have agreed from the start to go with Semyonova rather than Semenova. We really let her down there.

Officially, Elena Davydova has the Tkatchev named after her in the women’s code of points because she performed it at the 1980 Olympics, though it was retroactively awarded to her in a later update.

For full name clarification on all variations, refer to: Shaposhatchev Dictionary


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