tumbling / Slinky analogy

I can go with this.

It’s similar to the ‘curvilinear action‘ still used in the Canadian coach education system. That was introduced by Gord Osbourne and Boris Verkhovsky back in the day. That version looks at the body more as a flexible rod … with a spring attached to either end.

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Shaposh variations on Bars

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Here’s the chart from the last Code.

No Turn Half Turn Full Turn
Clear Hip Shaposhnikova (D) Khorkina (E)
Toe-On Maloney (D) Van Leeuwen (E) Seitz (E)
Stalder Chow (D) Chow half (E)
Inbar Komova II (E) Komova (E)

You Asked, The Gymternet Answered

related – FloGymnastics – What’s The Difference: Untangling The Shaposhnikova Family

Simone’s SET on Moors

Incredible. She could probably do triple twisting double layout.

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Look how much later Simone initiates the twist than others. It’s almost lay-in, double full out. She gets that technique from her Biles.

3D Gym from FB-Curves WAG

Former French gymnast Fabien BOUGAS developed 3D Gym Men – FB Curves. The app is available free for iOS devices. It includes a sample number of skills . You pay only if you want to access all the men’s skills.

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He’s currently working on a version for Women’s Gymnastics.

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Mary Lou Retton competed Tsuk 1/1, not Kas


Tsuk 1/1 is much more difficult than the Kasamatsu used by Ellie Black, Oksana and … almost everyone.

Mary Lou did half-on, full-off. (1.5 twists total)

Kasamatsu is quarter-on, three quarter-off (1.0 twists total)

Watch it on YouTube. (Right hand on the horse first, left twist on the salto.)

In addition, she trained Tsuk double full. Seriously.

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Almost nobody does the more difficult version of Tsuk twisting. René Cournoyer from Canada is one.

If still confused on Kasamatsu, click over to Uncle Tim’s post – What the H is a Kasamatsu?