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US Carly Patterson competed a back handspring to back layout on balance beam during the all around final of the 2003 World championships, where she won silver.

By Gigi Farid.
At the 2019 Doha world cup, Russia's Maria Paseka stuck cold her Amanar during the event final. She finished in second place behind US Jade Carey and ahead of French Coline Devillard.

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By Gigi Farid

Russia's Aliya Mustafina, who gave birth to daughter Alisa in 2017, made her comeback to elite gymnastics in 2018.

She competed in a number of competitions in 2018 & 2019 like 2018 Russian National Championships, 2018 World Championships in Doha and 2019 Stuttgart Cup.

Mustafina is an Olympic, World and European champion. She is considered to be one of best gymnasts, Russia has ever produced.

Here are GIFs of Mustafina's beam dismounts after her last comeback, she performs a round off to double back tuck which is rated a D :


2018 World championships in Doha

2018 World championships in Doha

Stuttgart Cup

Birmingham World Cup 

Russian champion ships

By Gigi Farid

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There is no doubt that Russian gymnasts are the queen of elegance on uneven bars. But that B rated giant circle with half turn Komova, Melnikova and Eremina do in their bars routine to change their direction, messes with the rhythm.

However, no deduction is applied for the giant half.

Viktoria Komova

Angelina Melnikova

Elena Eremina

By Gigi Farid

After winning the gold medal in the team final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, US Aly Raisman made a nice gesture to her coach.

She put her hard earned Olympic team gold medal around his neck immediately after the medal ceremony. This is not the first time for Aly to do so as she has done it in London, four years before.

By Gigi Farid

Russian gymnast Maria Paseka competed the Amanar vault three times at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, in the qualification, team final and in the event final.

Paseka won a silver medal on vault in the event final. At this Olympics, the Amanar was rated a 6.3, nowadays it is worth 5.8.

Qualification (Score 15.366)

Team final  (Score: 15.7)

Event final (Score: 15.241)

By Gigi Farid
World bars champion and Olympic bronze medalist Fan Yilin was seen playing around with various dismounts last month.

Half twist to double back 

Double front truck

Double front pike

Full twisting double back tuck

By Gigi Farid

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Usually elite gymnasts suffer falls after performing a difficult skill but this month gym fans witnessed two incredibly silly falls on balance beam during two World cup competitions.

At Koper Slovenia WC, Flavia Saraiva of Brasil started strong on the event. She mounted it with a round off to back handspring, rated a D. She then solidly performed a back handspring (B) to two layout step outs (C), worth 0.2 bonus and a round off (B) to straight layout (E), worth 0.1 bonus. She wobbles a little bit after her double turn with leg below horizontal (D). And as she is continuing her routine doing the choreography she wobbles and falls.

After the fall, she wobbled on two of the last three skills but ended her routine with a beautiful double back pike.

A week later, Russia's Evgenia Shelgunova channeled the Brazilian gymnast while competing at Osijek Zito World Cup. 

Shelgunova mounted the beam with a layout step out (E) and performed a side aerial (D) to two LOSO (C), worth 0.4 bonus, as her acrobatic series. She connected her switch leap (C) to her switch leap half (D), earning 0.1 bonus. 

A fall occurred when she landed her forward tuck. Frustrated Evgenia got on the beam, took few steps to the back and had another fall after doing a very simple scale with hand support.

The 19 year old gymnast attempted to connect her forward aerial (D) to sheep jump (C) but failed due to wobbling. She competed a switch ring leap (E) as the last skill before dismounting with a double back pike. 

Written by Gigi Farid

In 2016, Swiss gymnast Giulia Steingruber debuted her double twisting double back tuck which is one of the most difficult skills on floor exercise. The skill is rated an H in 2013-2016 and 2017-2020 CoPs.

Rio Olympics, AA final

Rio Olympics, Qual

European championships, Qual

European championships, Event final

Rio test event



By Gigi Farid

A Pak salto is a bars transition, from low bar to high one, which is rated a D. In our opinion, Russia's Viktoria Komova has the best Pak salto ever. She beautifully and accurately executes it, legs glued together, gorgeous lines and decent height.

At 2012 London Games: Event final

At 2012 London Games: AA final

2015 Worlds: Event final

2015 Worlds: Qualification

Written by Gigi Farid

If you are a fan of Aliya Mustafina, then you must know that the Russian gymnast has a habit of sticking the heck out of her balance beam dismounts.

2012 Olympics, Qualification

2013 Stuttgart Cup

2013 Universiade Games, AA final

2014 Russian championships

2014 European championships, Team final

2014 Russian championships

2014 World championships, AA final

2016 European championships, Beam final

2016 Russian nationals

By Gigi Farid