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In her first senior year (2003), Russia's Anna Pavlova attempted a then not yet in the CoP vault at Russian cup.

She vaulted a round off half on full twisting forward layout but sat it down. She has neither competed nor attempted it at an international competition.

The vault was first introduced in the CoP in 2010 when Pavlova's compatriots Aliya Mustafina and Tatiana Nabieva performed it at World championships.

Since more than one gymnast submitted and successfully competed the original vault, it was added to the CoP without bearing the name of either gymnasts. Nevertheless, some fans call it the "Mustafina"vault. It is worth 6.0 difficulty.

In order for a gymnast to have an original skill/vault named after her, she has to either compete it at Worlds or Olympics and if she was a junior, she can submit it at Youth Olympics.

The now retired gymnast had always done a round off half on forward layout with half twist also known as Lopez as her second vault. 

Pavlova is three time European vault silver medalist (2004,2005,2014) and 2004 Olympic vault bronze medalist. In her senior years, she was part of the Russian national team from 2003 till 2008 and the Azerbaijani's from 2012 till 2015. She retired at the end of last year.




Written by Gigi Farid


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