Simona Amanar (ROU)
Ah, the Amanar. Once a ridiculous dream of a vault, now an increasing necessity. Interestingly, however, the population of Amanars has not continued its upward trajectory from the days of the United States of Amanar in 2012, with fewer athletes performing the vault now than were doing so 7-8 years ago.
Amanar is among the most ubiquitous of the named-skill references (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.