1/2 to handstand mount
Elena Gurova (SOV)
There’s nothing in the code of points that signposts an older element quite like the expression “near handstand.” Can you imagine if someone submitted a skill today and their description was like, “I intend for this skill to go to near-handstand.” The women’s technical committee would burn the submission immediately and disappear in a smoke bomb.
But the Gurova mount does allow for traveling near handstand after the round-off half turn, but not officially hitting a handstand position before flopping down onto the beam like a fish.
This skill occupies the same box in the code of points as the now-omnipresent candle mount, also rated a very valuable D, and I wonder if this would ever catch on in the same way. Probably asking a little too much with the having to do a round-off and whatnot.