Ludmila Tourischeva (SOV)
Mitsuo Tsukahara (JPN)
A classic, the Tsukahara back tuck is the vault that propelled Ludmila Tourischeva to success in the 1973-1976 quadrennium. Tourischeva’s Tsuk tuck was the second-highest scoring vault at that 1976 Olympics, behind Nelli Kim’s version with an extra full twist. It is not difficult or highly valued enough to be performed in modern elite gymnastics, but it does have its footprint in the history of the sport.
Like Natalia Yurchenko and the Yurchenko vaults, Mitsuo Tsukahara has given his name to an entire family of vaults, any vault with a handspring 1/2 turn onto the horse (table), followed by a salto, is a Tsukahara, a universal reference point in both men’s and women’s gymnastics.