Elise Ray (USA)
Aleksandr Tkatchev (SOV)
It’s an odd quirk of the code of points that no one got the toe-on Tkatchev named until Elise Ray as the skill had obviously existed for years before that. You will occasionally hear old-timers refer to the Ray as a Hindorff (which is the name of the clear-hip version) because pre-Elise, Hindorff was sometimes used as a catch-all to refer to both skills, much the way we use Shaposhnikova (or Tkatchev for that matter) to refer to several skills of different styles in the same family. Now, for the sake of clarity, Hindorff should really only be used to refer to the clear-hip version.
For name clarification, refer to: Shaposhatchev Dictionary
The popularity of the basic Ray has fallen since it was downgraded to an E, with gymnasts electing instead to go for any of the smorgasbord of Tkatchev variations that remain valued at E.
This is the second of three uneven bars skills named after Elise Ray, with the stalder shoot being the Ray I and the layout double double dismount being the Ray III.
Currently performed by
Rianna Mizzen (AUS)