Wolf Turn (Balance Beam)



Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Wolf turn
Tuck turn
Cossack turn
Hellish nonsense
Demon work

Currently the most loathed skill in all of gymnastics, the wolf turn is an uncertain- and inelegant-looking, fragile and wobbly garbage fire even in the best of circumstances, though gymnasts at this level tend to be able to pull off the single turn without being too much of an abomination. The real trouble comes when an extra turn (or more) is added.

Because the only point of the wolf turn is as a cynical tenth-grabber when performed as a double or more, you don’t see many people doing the single turn these days. You don’t rob a bank and then just take some ones.

You’ll also hear the wolf turn called the Cossack turn, but it seems somehow…racist? I know it’s not racist, but it feels racist.


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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