Snejana Hristakieva (HUN)
Jacques Def (FRA) (Man)
An insanely difficult and risky element, the Gienger with an extra full twist is among the very rare bars elements valued at G to reflect just how difficult it is to not fall on this skill. Have I mentioned that it’s hard? It’s hard.
The naming of this skill reflects the further default-male tradition in naming gymnastics elements in that you will almost never hear this skill called anything other than a Def, after its men’s gymnastics namesake, 1984 Olympian Jacques Def. This is despite it also being named in the women’s code, after Snejana Hristakieva, who performed it in 1991-1992.
You’ll also sometimes hear “Gienger 1.5,” which is not correct. While the skill does contain 1.5 twists, the Gienger already accounts for a 1/2 twist, so the Hristakieva is a Gienger with an additional full twist, not an additional 1.5 twists.