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Handspring Front Pike 1/1



Known as
Handspring pike 1/1

Named after
Oksana Chusovitina (UZB)

The handspring pike 1/1 is among the many patented Chusovitina vaults—this one actually officially named after her—and it pretty much remains the domain of Chusovitina exclusively, though we don’t see Chusovitina attempt this vault anymore. We occasionally see her do it when she’s hoping to get credit for the layout full but ends up pretty piked (like in the GIF above).

In modern elite gymnastics, it’s not worth it to attempt this vault, even if it’s the vault you end up doing. You might as well post the layout, because regardless the shapes you make in the air, you’re probably getting layout credit.

5.00 (2017—)
5.50 (2006–2016)

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