The Balance Beam Situation

Because gymnastics is a comedy, not a drama

Yurchenko Loop

Yurchenko loop

yurchenko loop

Balance beam

Skill type

Known as
Yurchenko Loop
Back handspring from side position to hip circle

Named After
Natalia Yurchenko (SOV)

You know you’re a true legend from ye olden days when you didn’t just get a skill named after yourself, but you got an eponymous noun to go with it. This isn’t just the Yurchenko, or the Yurchenko II or whatever, like it would be now. It’s the Yurchenko Loop. Everyone got together and was like, “This is a loop. A loop is a thing now and this is it. We’re calling it the Yurchenko Loop.”


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