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)

Cool story: Until 2017, Laura van Leeuwen wasn’t given the benefit of a first name in the code of points. She was just Van Leeuwen, as though her first name is Van and her last name is Leeuwen. Good old Van.

Remember when a Shaposh with 1/2 turn used to be a bizarre and rare bird? Those days are long since behind us. Laura van Leeuwen’s toe-on Shaposh 1/2 was a skill somewhat ahead of its time when she brought it to the 2004 Olympics, but in recent years, it has grown into one of the most valuable and popular transition elements given its E value and the scoring boon of connecting into it out of a Pak salto for 0.2 CV. Only a few years ago, that connection was deemed the domain of the select few bars queens. Now, it’s basically compulsory.

There’s likely no skill that can instantly expand one’s D-score horizons quite like the addition of a Shap 1/2.


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