The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Yurchenko Layout 1/2


Known as
Yurchenko 1/2
Yurchenko layout 1/2
Yurchenko Arabian

Valued at 4.2, the Yurchenko layout with 1/2 twist is worth only two tenths more than the straight layout version and is therefore totally not worth trying in elite. You progress straight from the layout to the full because your 1/2 is probably going to score worse than the layout anyway.

The 1/2 did have a one-year heyday in NCAA gymnastics when an oversight during the vault-value change (real bang-up operation we’re running here) left the Arabian technique of this vault—so, a 1/2 turn followed by a front layout, rather than a back layout with 1/2 turn—valued at a 10.0 start even though the Yurchenko with full twist had been devalued to a 9.95 start. We still think back on it in horror.

4.20 (2017-)
4.70 (2006-2016)

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