girls competing Gaylords

Mighty Mo Huilan at the 1994 Asian Games on bars doing what Men call a Gaylord 1 (double front over the bar to regrasp).

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

This skill is now known as the “Mo Salto” in the Code of Points, and is classified as a “G” element.

Only a handful of other women gymnasts have attempted and successfully completed the Mo Salto. In fact, the only women gymnasts who have performed the Mo Salto at international competitions are all from China, including Meng Fei and Bi Wenjing. In 2005 World Championships, Chinese athlete Zhang Yufei performed it successfully in podium training. …

Yao Jinnan is currently competing it, of course.

Click PLAY or watch it in the AA at Worlds 2013 on YouTube.

I’m not a big fan of the Mo salto myself.

Note that men are no longer competing the Gaylord 1.

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The Gaylord 2 variation has more potential for swing, in my opinion.

Watch Chelsea Otto’s bar routine at the 1999 American Classic on YouTube.

The unusual dismount is full-twisting double back OVER the bar.

Even better was Zhou Duan competing 1997 East Asian Games.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Examiner)

One super difficult routine. Respect to Zhou Duan.

1 comment so far ↓

#1 Catherine on 01.30.14 at 5:44 am

It’s such a pity that Zhou Duan lost that skill before 97 worlds..what a routine.

I prefer the counter Kim and hope it manages to make a comeback.

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