Handspring double forward tuck is the most difficult vault in women's gymnastics. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous vaults. Only a handful of gymnasts managed to land it.

Skill: Handspring double forward tuck 

Rating: 7.0

Named after: Elena Produnova of Russia 

Event: Vault

Debut: 1999 Worlds

Elena Produnova's Biography

During her competitive career, Elena was known for her innovative and powerful skills on the vault and floor exercise. She is one of the few gymnasts to have a skill named after her on every single apparatus

Her senior international career lasted from 1995 to 2000. She is the 1997 World all around and floor exercise bronze medalist. In 1997 and 1999, she earned a silver medal with her team at World championships. She did not make the 1996 Russia's Olympic team due to injury. She won a silver with her team and a bronze on balance beam at 2000 Olympic Games. 

At 1997 Worlds, she placed fourth in the all around, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise finals.

2000 Sydney Olympics was Produnova's last major international competition. She retired in 2004.

Was Produnova really the first gymnast to perform it?

Yes but North Korea's Choe Jong Sil is believed to be the first to attempt the vault. She attempted it at 1980 Olympic Games.

Gymnasts who have also performed this skill

Yamilet Peña Abreu of the Dominican Republic.

Dipa Karmakar of India

Fadwa Mohamed of Egypt

Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan

Written by Gigi Farid



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