Y turn (Balance Beam)



Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Y turn/spin
Split turn

Named after
The letter Y. As long as you’re illiterate.

The Y turn on beam remains surprisingly popular despite its increased risk compared to the equally valued L turn. Theoretically, the leg is supposed to be held in a split throughout, but more often you’ll see gymnasts touch their leg in split position for exactly one millisecond of the turn and do something halfway between an L and a Y for the rest of it going, “I do Y spin!”


Currently performed by
Marine Brevet (FRA)
Georgia-Rose Brown (AUS)
Simona Castro (CHI)
Sherine El Zeiny (EGY)
Erika Fasana (ITA)
Emily Gaskins (USA)
Loan His (FRA)
Amelia Hundley (USA)
Natalia Kapitonova (RUS)
Viktoria Komova (RUS)
Emma Larsson (SWE)
Ana Filipa Martins (POR)
Tatiana Nabieva (RUS)
Anamaria Ocolisan (ROU)
Isabela Onyshko (CAN)
Martina Rizzelli (ITA)
Sophie Scheder (GER)
Daria Skrypnik (RUS)
Daria Spiridonova (RUS)
Eythora Thorsdottir (NED)
Yuki Uchiyama (JPN)
Yao Jinnan (CHN)



Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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