Toe-on Shaposhnikova (Maloney)



Uneven Bars

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

Known as
Toe-on Shaposhnikova/Shaposh/Shap
Toe Shaposhnikova

Named for
Kristen Maloney (USA)

Though far from being the original Shaposhnikova-type element—Maloney competed a solid 20 years after Shaposhnikova—the toe-on Shaposhnikova has become by far the most popular of all of the Shaposhnikova sisters in modern gymnastics. Anyone who’s anyone has a Maloney. Shaposh skills are essential for building up bars difficulty through connection value, and for most gymnasts, the Maloney is their introduction to the world of Shaposh skills. It’s now quite common to have more than one Shaposh skill in a routine, and especially in those cases, you can almost be sure the Maloney is one of them.

There are a couple schools of thought when it comes to naming Shaposh elements. Some prefer to use the namesake surnames to refer to each one, though I typically find overuse of names gets confusing and makes the skills unnecessarily difficult to keep track of. (Unless its a universal reference point—Yurchenko, Shaposhnikova, Pak, Onodi.) Describing the particular version of the skill using skill terminology rather than names (toe-on, 1/2, etc.) is clearer.

Still, to keep track of the differences among the names, refer to: Shaposhatchev Dictionary


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