The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Stoop Over (Zhang)

Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as
Stoop over
Swing back, pike vault over high bar

Named for
Zhang Wenning (CHN)

This is among those old-fashionedy looking release skills that doesn’t have a footprint in modern elite gymnastics because of its unusable-in-combination C value. Those who are looking to perform this type of skill will elect to go for the Khorkina/Markelov, the straddled version with 1/2 turn rather than the pike vault, because that does receive D credit.

Because the code doesn’t know how Chinese names work and has never bothered, apparently, you will see this skill called the Wenning on occasion, but her family name is Zhang.


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