When you ask Olympic gymnasts who they admire, many include 2000 Russian Olympian Elena Produnova.
Her greatest moment was nearly sticking this vault at the 1999 World University Games.
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Current A-score: 7.1 (0.6 higher than any other vault being done by a woman, such a Cheng or Amanar vault) and 1.3 more than a DTY.
No other (female) gymnast has successfully landed this vault. Only Choe Jong Sil of North Korea attempted it, at the 1980 Olympics, landing on her back. She clearly could not do the vault.
This video was included in Andrew Thornton’s Smooth Skills series on Gymnast.com.
CAUTION: This vault is extemely dangerous. Most of the catastrophic gymnastics injuries in recent years have resulted from multiple forward somersault skills like this one. One great coach I know has virtually banned them from his gym.