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Soviet Vera Kolesnikova, the mother of World champion and Olympic silver medalist Viktoria Komova, performed a very interesting tumbling pass on floor exercise at 1986 Goodwill Games.

Kolesnikova competed a triple twisting back layout (E) to back handspring (A) to back tuck (A) to front tuck (A).

While the CoP awards connection value to direct connection such as A to E and vice versa, Kolesnikova's triple twist to back handspring would not receive any credit as one of the elements is with hand support.

It is worth mentioning that series bonus is only awarded on balance beam.

(Edit: She might get connection bonus (0.2) because of doing two A rated acros without hand support:  back tuck and front tuck)

The Soviet gymnast's opening pass is a whip (A) indirectly connected to a full in pike (E). No connection bonus is awarded since gymnasts need to do at least two A rated acros with no hand support indirectly connected to a D or more acro to receive the bonus. 

At the Games, she won four medals. She won gold with the team, in the all around and on balance beam, and a silver on uneven bars.

Kolesnikova is a World champion with her team in 1985. However, she was never an Olympian and retired in 1988.






Written by Gigi Farid

The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP




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There are so many execution errors in Patricia Moreno's bars routine at 2004 Athens Olympics team final but how she saved a fall and continued the routine like nothing happened, makes the routine awesome to watch.

On her Pak Salto, high to low bars transition, the Spanish gymnast had one of hands slip while catching the low bar but managed to stay on and recovered beautifully.

The errors included leg separation, insufficient high of flight elements and poor rhythm in elements. She ended her routine with a stuck cold full in tuck (D).

Moreno is best known for winning the first Olympic medal for Spanish women's artistic gymnastics, which was a bronze medal on floor exercise in 2004. She is also the originator of the F rated triple and a half twisting back layout on floor.

Athens was the last Olympics to have a full Spanish team compete at. They finished in fifth place.






Written by Gigi Farid

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During the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim performed the kind of dismount on balance beam you never thought existed.

Kim competed a free cartwheel aerial into salto backward tucked off balance beam. The dismount is rated an E and is named after the Soviet gymnast.

Such a dismount is risky. It is close to Tsukahara style ones which are banned.

The rest of the routine consists of repetitive B and C listed skills.

Kim is one of the most successful Soviet gymnasts. She won six Olympic medals including five gold during the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. She currently serves as a Vice FIG President.




Written by Gigi Farid

Rating is in accordance to 2017-2020 CoP.


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If you think that Mckayla Maroney is one trick pony, then you sir are absolutely wrong. 

During the 2012 Olympic trials, the American gymnast performed an incredibly solid routine on balance beam which was not shown on NBC. Luckily, one of the audience recorded her marvelous performance and uploaded it on Youtube for us to enjoy.

Not a single wobble has taken place during the routine.

She does a front tuck (D) to back handspring (B) to layout stepout (C) worth 0.1 series bonus, front pike (E) to Korbut (B), Johnson (C), switch leap half (D) to back tuck (C) worth 0.1 connection bonus, side aerial (D), switch leap (C) to back pike (C) and side somi (D).

She ends her routine with a beautifully executed double back pike (E). She gets an 0.1 connection bonus for doing a round off before the E rated dismount.

Maroney was selected to be part of the Olympic team that year. In London, she aggravated an old injury (broken toe) while dismounting the beam during podium training. She would have been used on floor and vault during team final and qualification, had she not been injured. Instead, she competed only on vault.

The American gymnast has an Olympic gold and a silver and three World gold medals in her resume. She retired in 2016 due to health issues.

The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP.





Written by Gigi Farid


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Russian gymnast Elena Zamoloditchkova showed her true strength when she tried to save herself from falling.

She performed a skill where she was supposed to do a back hip circle but failed and got stuck midways. For a few seconds, she grasped the beam fighting so hard to complete the skill.

Regardless she saved it or not, that was incredibly impressive.

As for the rest of the routine, she did a back handspring with 3/4 turn (D) to a back handspring (B) to a layout step out (C), worth 0.1 series bonus, Arabian (F), forward tuck (D) and a flic-flac with full twist swing down to cross straddle sit (D).

She ends it with a glued legged double back tuck (D). The routine took place at the all around competition of the last edition of the Goodwill Games in 2001. She was awarded the bronze medal while her teammate Svetlana Khorkina, who also fell on the beam, was awarded silver. The gold medal went to Romania's Sabina Cojocar. In the event finals, she won gold on vault and floor exercise.

Elena is best known for being a double Olympic champion (vault and floor exercise) at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was also part of the 2004 Russian Olympic team. 




The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP

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Belarus' gymnast Svetlana Tarasevich competed a combination on floor exercise which most of us thought did not exist.  

She directly connected her whip (B) to her full in tuck (E), worth 0.2 connection bonus. She also performed a double twisting forward layout (D) to a forward tuck (A), worth 0.1 connection bonus.

Her third pass was a forward twisting tuck (B) indirectly connected to a whip (B) to a double twisting back layout. She lands completely out of the bounds which incurs 0.3 deduction. 

Svetlana competed at 1994 and 1995 World championships, and finished with her team in 6th and 8th place respectively. At the 1996 Olympics, she finished with her team in 6th place. 

Svetlana's best individual result at a major international competition was placing fourth on uneven bars at 1994 European championships.

Please note that the routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP




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Slovakia's Barbora Mokosova competed an unusual opening tumbling pass. She competed a split ring jump indirectly connect to a two and a half back twisting layout to stag jump. How cool!

The rest of the routine included a 1.5 back twisting layout to forward aerial to forward layout and double back tuck.

The routine took place at the qualification of the 2016 Olympic Games. Barbora was born in 1997. She stands 5 feet 6 inch tall hence is considered tall for gymnastics.

She competed at 2014 European and World championships, and 2015 European Games and championships.




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China's Fan Ye performed an extremely solid routine on balance beam at event final of the 2003 World championships.

She begins her routine with a switch leap (C) to a tuck jump with full turn (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus. She does a front tuck (D) to a sheep jump (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus and a switch ring leap (E). She then performs an acrobatic series which consists of forward aerial (D) to back tuck (C) to Flic-flac with high flight phase, and swing down to cross straddle sit (B), worth 0.1 series bonus. She as well performs a Yang Bo jump (D). She ends the routine with a cold stuck double back tuck (D).

While the gold medal was earned by Fan Ye, the silver medal went to Catalina Ponor of Romania and the bronze went to Ludmilla Ezhova of Russia.

Ye was part of the 2004 China Olympic team. There, she did not qualify to neither the all around nor the event final. She along with her teammates finished in disappointing seventh place in the team final. At 2005 World championships, she finished in fifth place on bars and eighth place on balance beam.

Fan retired in 2008 after competing at the national championships.




Written by Gigi Farid

The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP


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In a routine which took place at Paris Bercy competition in 2010, Russia's Aliya Mustafina begins her routine with a double turn with leg below horizontal, rated a D. 

She does a solid stuck F rated tucked Arabian and an E rated switch ring leap. She then does a back handspring (B) to a layout step out (C) which is worth no connection bonus. However, it fulfills the requirement of having to include an acrobatic series in the routine.

She performs a number of D rated acro elements; forward aerial,  side aerial  and Onodi. She competes a sheep jump which has been downgraded from a D to a C in the 2017-2020 CoP. She dismounts with a double and half backward twisting layout (D).

Execution wise, Mustafina had wobbles here and there. It is worth mentioning that the Russian gymnast has competed three different dismounts on beam during her senior career, a triple backward twisting layout (F), a double and half backward twisting (D) and a double back tuck (D).

Mustafina is a World (2013) and European champion (2016) on the event.




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German Pauline Schaefer performed a very beautiful floor routine during the qualification in Rio which earned her a reserve spot for the floor final.

She opens her floor routine with an almost stuck F rated double layout and performs a forward double twisting layout (D) and a double back pike (D) as her second and third tumbling pass.

She does a double turn in back attitude (D) to a single turn with leg below horizontal (A), worth no connection bonus, and an E rated quadruple turn with leg below horizontal.

The choreography suited the music. The German gymnast scored 14.300, getting her a second reserve spot.

Schaefer turned senior in 2013. At 2015 World championships, she earned a bronze medal on balance beam.




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Aliya Mustafina has competed a difficult acrobatic dance series which is worth massive 0.5 bonus in the 2017-2020 CoP.

The series is a switch leap with half turn (D) to Onodi (D) to a double turn with leg below horizontal (D). The switch leap to Onodi is worth 0.2 connection bonus and the onodi to double turn with leg below horizontal is worth 0.2. The series receives 0.1 series bonus.

The routine also included:

Wolf jump (A) to sissone (A) to side somi (D); no series bonus is rewarded for this acro dance series and that's because a series (acro or mixed) has to be at least worth B,B,C. 

A forward aerial (D) to back handspring (B); no bonus is rewarded, however, it fulfills the composition requirement of an acro series.

Side aerial (D) and switch ring leap (E).

A double back tuck dismount (D).

Mustafina is the 2013 World champion and 2016 European champion on balance beam. Despite that, she did not make a beam final at the two Olympics she competed in.

The routine took place at the qualification of the 2013 World championships.


The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 CoP.

By Gigi Farid


During her beam routine which was performed at 2012 US Nationals, Nastia Liukin performed an acrobatic dance series which is worth 0.4 bonus in the 2017-2020 CoP.

Liukin performed a switch leap with half turn (D) to Onodi (D) to a sheep jump (C). A D rated dance element to a D rated acrobatic one is worth 0.2 connection bonus, a D rated acrobatic element to a C rated dance one is worth 0.1 connection bonus and the combination receives an additional 0.1 for series bonus.

In the 2009-2012 and 2013-2016 CoPs, sheep jump was rated a D. In the 2009-2012 CoP, the combination was worth 0.2 connection bonus while in 2013-2016, it was worth 0.4 connection bonus. The series bonus for mixed combination wasn't applied in both CoPs.

She competed a forward aerial (D) to back handspring (B) to a layout step out (C), worth 0.1 series bonus. In 2009-2012 CoP, it was worth 0.2 bonus.

She did an L turn (C) to a turn with leg below horizontal (A), worth 0.1 connection bonus. A side aerial (D) and side somi (D) were included in the routine. She dismounted with a two and a half backward twisting layout (D).

Liukin is two time World champion on the event, in 2005 and 2007. She as well is the 2008 Olympic beam silver medalist.



The routine was judged according 2017-2020 CoP.

By Gigi Farid


US Alicia Sacramone attempted what is believed to be a never done before acrobatic combination on balance beam, a back handspring to a layout to two feet (E) to forward tuck (E), during Ghent World cup which was held in 2004.

It is worth mentioning that the 2017-2020 CoP only rewards connection bonuses to rebound combinations. Nevertheless, the acrobatic series would receive a 0.1 series bonus. 

Sacramone mounted the beam with a forward pike (E) to back tuck (C). She does a split leap with full turn which has been upgraded from a D to an E. She performs a switch leap (C) to a Johnson (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus.

She ends the routine with a two back handsprings (B) to a double back pike (E), worth 0.1 series bonus.

Sacramone made the balance beam final at 2010 World championships where finished in fifth place. She had the highest execution score in the final.





By Gigi Farid

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The routine is judged according to 2017-2020 CoP



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China's Yang Bo delivered a very innovative and solid balance beam during the event finals of the 1989 World championships.

She performed a very original acrobatic series; a back handspring (B) to layout step out (C) to a Ruflova (D), worth 0.2 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus according to the 2017-2020 CoP. She then did a forward aerial (D) to a scale (A). The rule states that in order for a gymnast to receive a 0.1 connection bonus for a D rated acro to scale, she must not take a single step. Hence, Bo won't be receiving any connection bonus. 

She performed her signature skill 'from Cross stand – Jump to cross over split with body arched and head dropped backward', which is worth a D, and a back handspring (B) to two LOSOs (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus.

No hesitation, no wobbles took place in the routine. Sadly, she under rotated her double back tuck dismount and took five steps in order not to fall. Gymnasts receive a 0.1 deduction for each step.

The routine could have been perfect and a medal worthy, had she not struggled on her dismount. 

Despite being known for her innovative style on beam, she had never won a medal on it at a major international competition.




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Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

At 1993 World championships, Shannon Miller had a disastrous routine on balance beam during the event finals.

Miller suffered three falls on the apparatus, the first fall took place after her back pike (C), the second after her flic flac with 1/4 turn while the third one was after she landed her dismount which a G rated full in tuck.

According to Youtube commenters, the American gymnast had the flu and was suffering from stomach pain. At the same championships, Miller won three gold medals, in the all around, on uneven bars and floor exercise.

With seven Olympic medals, Miller is the most decorated US gymnast Male or Female at the Olympic games.





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At 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Shallon Olsen became the first Canadian gymnast ever to compete an Amanar.

The vault helped Olsen to qualify to the event final. For her Amanar, she scored 15.300 in the qualification and 14.966 in the event final.

Under the 2013-2016 CoP, Amanar is worth a 6.3 and under the 2017-2020 CoP, it is worth a 5.8.

Her second vault is a rarely done one; a round off half on one and a half forward twisting tuck. The vault is worth a 5.9 under the 2013-2016 CoP and a 5.4 under the 2017-2020 CoP.

The vault was originated by Russia's Svetlana Khorkina.

Olsen, who turned senior in the Olympic year, finished last in the event final.





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Tutya Yilmaz
Turkish gymnast Tutya Yilmaz had an outstanding performance on balance beam at Rio Olympic Games.

She performed a G rated acro in combination; a back handspring to a full twisting layout earning 0.2 connection bonus. She connected her switch leap (C) to a layout step out (C), her forward aerial (D) to a leap (A) and a split leap fwd (A) to a side aerial (D), each connection is worth 0.1 connection bonus under the 2013-2016 CoP.

The split leap forward has been upgraded to a B in the 2017-2020 CoP.

She ended her routine with a double back pike (E). She scored a 14.500 and was third reserve the balance beam final. Tutya is the second female gymnast from Turkey to qualify to the Olympics. The first being Goksu Octas.

Yilmaz has expressed her desire to compete in a second Olympic Games.

The routine is considered one of the highlights of the Olympics by many gymnastics fans.





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Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
At 1987 World University Games, Soviet gymnast Elena Shushunova delivered a marvelous routine on balance beam.

She does a back handspring to two feet (B) to two layout step outs (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus according to 2013-2016 and 2017-2020 CoPs.

She performs a fully rotated Ruflova (D)  and a cold stuck G rated full in tuck dismount.

She had great rhythm and zero wobbles. The routine is believed to be Shushunova's best beam routine ever. The Soviet gymnast is the 1988 Olympic all around champion and 1985 World all around champion.




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Catalina Ponor, who was the sole gymnast representing Romania at Rio Olympics, performed a solid routine on balance beam in the qualification.

She does a switch ring (E) and a switch leap (C) to Omelianchik (D), worth 0.1 connection bonus. She successfully connects her onodi (D) to forward aerial (A) to back handspring (B) to back layout (E). The combination is worth 0.2 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus under 2013-2016 CoP.

Her biggest mistakes was wobbling after her switch leap half (D). Catalina scored a 14.900 qualifying herself to the event finals.

Unfortunately, she failed to deliver in the event finals. She had lots of big wobbles and missed connections. She finished in a disappointing 7th place.

A 14.900 would have been enough for her to make the podium. US Simone Biles, who won the bronze medal, scored 14.733.

For the first time since 1972, Romania failed to bring home an Olympic medal in women's gymnastics.





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During her elite career, Ukraine's Mariya Livchikova produced a very unusual routine on balance beam.

She competes a forward aerial (D) immediately without a pause to forward tuck (D), earning 0.2 connection bonus. She performs another similar acro line, a forward handspring (B) to a forward pike (E), worth also 0.2 connection bonus. She does a sheep jump which was downgraded in the 2017-2020 CoP from a D to a C.

The routine included a side aerial (D) to a layout step out (C), worth 0.2 connection bonus, L turn (C), switch leap (C) and a stuck double back tuck dismount (D).

Livchikova had suffered from freakishly bad luck as she tore her ACL three times. The now retired Ukrainian gymnast had never lived up to her potential.




Written by Gigi Farid