Photo by Ginnastica Artistica Italiana

French gymnast Marine Boyer uploaded a video of herself training a not yet in CoP bars release on Instagram.

Boyer, who won a silver medal on balance beam at 2016 European championships, is shown training a pike Jaeger with half turn which she connects to swing backward release with half turn to catch low bar transition (D).

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Previously the piked Jaeger was rated a D but was upgraded to an E in the 2017-2020 CoP. The release with the half turn will most likely receive an F rating.

In order for the skill to enter the CoP and bear the gymnast's name, senior gymnasts have to submit and successfully perform it at World championships or the Olympic Games, while junior gymnasts can perform theirs at Youth Olympics.

But the 17 year old gymnast is the not the first to compete the skill as Olympic gold medalist Liu Xuan of China has competed it back in 2000. Since she had never competed it at Worlds or Olympic Games, the skill does not exist in the CoP.

The straddled version of skill, rated an E, was most famously competed by 2008 Olympic bars medalist He Kexin of China.  The release was named after Li Ya of China in 2006. However, it is widely believed that US Theresa Kulikowski was the first to perform it.

Boyer competed at 2016 Olympic Games where she finished in fourth on balance beam. In 2017, she finished in 16 place in the all around and seventh place on balance beam at European championships and in 21 place in the all around at World championships.

Written by Gigi Farid

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