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Underswing 1.5 (Burda)

Uneven Bars

Skill type
Same-bar release

Known as
Underswing 1.5 release
Burda twirl

Named after
Liubov Burda (USSR)

I saw let’s bring back the Burda twirl, if for no other reason than the opportunity to say “Burda twirl.” This is the kind of skill we haven’t seen in so long and looks so different than the elements valued in modern elite routines (WHY ISN’T IT HANDSTAND), that you would be forgiven for thinking that it doesn’t officially exist anymore, but it does.

Burda twirl.


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