Toe-on Shaposhnikova 1/2 (Van Leeuwen)



Uneven Bars

Skill type
Transition (low bar-to-high bar)

Known as
Toe-on Shaposhnikova 1/2
Toe Shap 1/2
Van Leeuwen

Named for
Laura Van Leeuwen (NED)

Although in the ever-accurate code of points, Laura Van Leeuwen is not given the benefit of a first name. The skill is simply listed as being named after Van Leeuwen, as though her first name is Van and her last name is Leeuwen. Good old Van.

You’ll hear most English speakers pronounce this something like Van Loo-wen, which is not right but when English speakers try to pronounce Dutch names it usually goes very very wrong (we still haven’t recovered from the Leaky Weavers Incident of 2015), so Van Loo-wen it is.

A skill somewhat ahead of its time, the toe-on Shaposh 1/2 has grown into one of the most valuable and popular transition elements on bars in recent years given its E value and the scoring boon of connecting into it out of a Pak salto, a connection that was deemed the domain of the select few bars queens only a few years ago and is now nearly expected.

There are a couple schools of thought when it comes to naming Shaposh-style elements. Some prefer to use the namesake surnames to refer to each one, though I find that overuse of names gets confusing and makes the skills unnecessarily difficult to keep track of unless its a universal reference (Yurchenko, Shaposhnikova, Pak, Onodi).   Describing the particular version of the skill (toe-on, 1/2, etc.) is more explicit and inclusive of those who understand the terminology but may not keep track of all of the names.

But, to remember the differences among the names, refer to: Shaposhatchev Dictionary


Currently performed by:
Georgia-Rose Brown (AUS)
Nina Derwael (BEL)
Rune Hermans (BEL)
Rianna Mizzen (AUS)
Emma Nedov (AUS)

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