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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

Written by Gigi Farid


Photo by Silvia Vatteroni




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




Written by Gigi Farid




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.




Written by Gigi Farid


Photo by Silvia Vatteroni


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


Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
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.




Written by Gigi Farid


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.




Written by Gigi Farid


Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
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