Tour Jete

Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Tour Jete
Fouette to split
An ACTUAL tour jete

OK listen. We need to talk about the tour jete. “Tour jete” (as well as “tour jete 1/2” and “tour jete full”) are common ways of describing skills that I would call a split leap 1/2, a split leap full, and a split leap 1.5. And it drives me crazy.

In an actual tour jete—which this skill is—the split position is achieved at a diagonal angle to the floor/beam. So if there’s an element in which the split position is achieved parallel to the floor/beam —as it is in split leaps—that is not a tour jete. That is a split leap.

A tour jete is only this element, and no one does it because it’s harder.


Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

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