The Balance Beam Situation

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Tsukahara Double Full (Zamolodchikova)




Known as
Tsukahara 2/1
Tsuk double twist
Kasamastu 1/1
Kas full

Named after
Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS)

Re: the issue of “Tsuk double full” versus “Kasamatsu full.” For the purposes of the women’s code of points, these are the same vault—the same entry, the same amount of twisting (two twists in post flight)—and if you’d like to just leave it there, you are permitted to do so. The precise technical difference between the two vaults, however, concerns the direction of twisting. In a Kasamatsu full, your left-handed round-off onto the table continues twisting to the left. In a Tsukahara double full, your left-handed round-off onto the table becomes twisting to the right.

This is important in the men’s code, where a Tsuk full and a Kasamatsu are specifically different vaults. In the women’s code, the two are not differentiated, so the difference is not significant. Because pretty much everyone these days performs the vault with the Kasamatsu technique, the two terms are used interchangeably in women’s gymnastics, but remember that Kasamatsu already has a full twist implied, while Tsuk just refers to the entry. So a “Kas full” is the same vault as a “Tsukahara double full.”

If all of this seems too confusing, just call it the Zamolodchikova. You know, to honor her. For whatever reason, this eponymous skill has never caught on as a named skill, and you rarely hear it called the Zamo.

For those gymnasts desperate to keep up with the Amanaries but who aren’t Yurchenko-inclined, this is increasingly becoming the vault of choice.

5.60 (2017—)
6.00 (2006–2016)

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