Larisa Iordache
Larisa Iordache
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With today's CoP, a double twisting double tuck is widely done by powerful gymnasts. It was the most difficult skill on floor up until a double twisting double layout was introduced into the CoP in 2013.

The skill was given a G in the 2006-2008 and 2009-2012 CoPs. In 2013 CoP, it got upgraded to a brand new rating, an H.

Skill: Two somersaults in tucked position with two twists, in mid air.

Rating: H

Named After: Daniela Silivas of Romania

Event: Floor Exercise 

Debut: 1988 Seoul Olympics

Daniela Silivas' biography

Silivas is one of the greatest and most popular gymnasts of all time. In her five senior years in the Romanian national team, she had won six Olympic medals, including three individual golds, ten World medals, including seven golds, and  ten European medals, including five golds.

She earned the perfect 10 eighteen times at Olympics, Worlds and Europeans. She is as well one of the few gymnasts to medal in every single event in an Olympic games.

Silivas was known for her technical excellence, effortless difficulty, charming performances and artistic flair.

She officially retired in 1991 and moved to USA where she coaches.

Was Silivas really the first gymnast to perform this skill?

No, Soviet gymnast and Olympic champion Svetlana Bogiunskaia performed it in 1987.

Soviet Aleftina Priakhina competed it as a tiny junior gymnast in 1986.

Gymnasts who have also performed this skill.

Tatiana Groshkova 

Shawn Johnson of USA

Note that a gymnast has to debut her skill at either Worlds or Olympics to have it named after her, and in case of junior, she has to perform it at Youth Olympic games.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid



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