Yurchenko 2.5 (Amanar)




Known as
Yurchenko 2.5

Named after
Simona Amanar (ROU)

Ah, the Amanar. Once a ridiculous dream of a vault, now essentially a requisite for all-around victory. The vault with the ever-changing value has been brought a tenth closer to the pack (the Cheng, rudi, and DTY) beginning in 2017, now worth the same as the rudi and two tenths less than the Cheng, so 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. But, Amanar has also begun to find its way into for-the-masses gymnastics writing in a way no other named skill has, largely because there’s a mysterious-sounding cachet to “the famed Amanar vault,” something you just don’t get with a clunky and technical skill description, which makes it appealing terminology even for non-gymnastics types.

5.80 (2017—)
6.30 (2013–2016)
6.50 (2006–2012)

Currently performed by
Rebeca Andrade (BRA)
Simone Biles (USA)
Hong Un Jong (PRK)
Shallon Olsen (CAN)
Maria Paseka (RUS)
Aly Raisman (USA)

Previously performed by (active elites as of 2016)
Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS) (2013-2015)
Jade Barbosa (BRA) (2007)
Gabrielle Douglas (USA) (2012)
Brenna Dowell (USA) (2013)
Viktoria Komova (RUS) (2011-2012)
Aliya Mustafina (RUS) (2010-2011)
Tatiana Nabieva (RUS) (2010)
Maggie Nichols (USA) (2015)
MyKayla Skinner (USA) (2011-2012, 2014, 2016)


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