Simona Amanar (ROU)
Ah, the Amanar. Once a ridiculous dream of a vault, now an increasing necessity. The vault with the ever-changing value has been brought a tenth closer to the pack beginning in 2017, now worth the same value as a rudi and two tenths less than the Cheng. We’ll see if that encourages more gymnasts to diverge from the Amanar path. I’m not holding my breath.
Amanar has become among the most ubiquitous of the named-skill references (getting right up there with Onodi and Pak), mostly because it’s just way easier to say Amanar than Yurchenko two and a half.
Yet, Amanar has also started to find its way into the realm of for-the-masses, four-year gymnastics writing in a way no other named skill has—largely because there’s a mysterious-sounding cachet to “the famed Amanar vault.” That’s something you just don’t get with a clunky, technical skill description, which makes it appealing terminology for non-gymnastics types.