The Balance Beam Situation

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Yurchenko Double Full (Baitova)




Known as
Yurchenko double full/twist

Named after
Svetlana Baitova (SOV)

Previously the realm of vault specialists, the Yurchenko double full has become a prerequisite for any kind of all-around success. It is the bare minimum vault required to be a contender for major all-around medals.

Mostly you’ll see this vault referred to as a DTY in print and a Yurchenko double full aloud (it always feels weird to say DTY aloud), but note that there is a small-but-mighty underground gymternet movement to get everyone to call it the Baitova (to mimic the Amanar being universally called the Amanar). No luck yet. Not when there’s such easy shorthand like DTY available. The Amanar is universally called the Amanar only because “Yurchenko 2 and a 5” is seven whole syllables and ain’t nobody got time for that.

Naming this vault the Baitova is one of the weirder and more controversial code naming decisions anyway, as Eugenia Golea of Romania performed the DTY at 1987 worlds along with Baitova, and yet her name is nowhere to be found in the code of points.

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