Round-off Full to Hip Circle (Zamolodchikova)

Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Round-off full to hip circle

Named after
Elena Zamolodchikova (RUS)

This mount is a late-era Zamolodchikova work, not finding its way into her routines until the year of her second Olympics, and while she got it named after herself at the 2004 Olympics, it didn’t have a super-long lifespan in her routines. Due primarily to hard.

Even in the instance above, we see her struggle to get that full twist around and lose form entirely while flopping onto the beam for the hip circle. Ideally, this would be a full twist in the air before grabbing the beam, which is how Aleftina Priakhina performed it in the 1980s, though she was never able to get it named after herself.


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