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Then fifteen year old Jordyn Wieber was having a terrible day while competing on balance beam during the national championships.

The American gymnast fell three times, the first came after performing a one handed back handspring (B) to a layout step out (C), the second after performing a side aerial (D) while the third and last was on her dismount.

Her dismount was a two back handspring (B) to a double back tuck (D), which she under-rotated, hence the fall. Wieber landed straight on her knees. Gymnasts do not get credit for any skill they fail to land on their feet first.

During the warm up, Wieber injured her ankle. Before competing on beam, she had a fall on uneven bars. After ending her beam routine, she did not compete on floor exercise and withdrew from the competition.

A little more than one year later, Jordyn became the all around champion at National and World championships.

Wieber's last competition was the 2012 Olympic Games where she won gold with her team. She retired in 2015.

Written by Gigi Farid

The fourteen year old Daria Elizarova connected her switch leap (C) to a forward tuck (D), with no single pause between both elements. The combination is worth 0.1 connection bonus.

She competed a back handspring (B) to two layout step outs (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus, a split jump with full turn (D), straddle pike position (C), tuck jump with one and a half turn (D) and a full turn with leg below horizontal (A).

She then attempted to do the acrobatic series of Onodi (D) to forward aerial (D) to side somi (D). It would have been worth 0.1 series bonus, had it been successfully connected. She performed a sheep jump (C), a sissone (A) to a wolf jump with full turn (D) and ended her routine with a double back tuck (D).

The routine took place in 2005. Elizarova turned senior in 2007 where she was an alternate for the 2007 Russia's World team. According to Between The Olympics blog, she was originally on the 2008 Russian Olympic team but had to give up her spot due to an illness.

In 2010, she started competing for Uzbekistan. She competed at 2011 World championships and was alternate to Luiza Galiulina at 2012 Olympic Games. However, she switched back to her native country and competed at the Russian cup in 2013. She competed at the 2015 Universiade Games where she finished first with the team, third on vault and second on floor exercise.

She competed at 2016 Vornin cup where she won gold in the all around and on balance beam.

As a junior, Daria won the European all around and balance beam titles in 2006.

The routine was judged according to 2017-2020 COP

Written by Gigi Farid

When Komova was a junior, she attempted a ridiculously difficult beam routine.

She competed a back handspring (B) to layout step out (C) to Arabian (F), worth 0.2 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus. She is believed to be the only gymnast to compete such acro series.

She attempted another F rated skill in combination, back handspring to full twisting back tuck, worth 0.2 connection bonus. 

Forward aerial (D), sheep jump (D), split leap 1/1 (D) and switch ring leap (E) were also included in her routine.

She ended it with a double tucked Arabian dismount.

The video was uploaded in 2010.

The routine was judged according 2013-2016 CoP

By Gigi Farid

Viktoria Komova/VK
During 2009 Mikhail Voronin Cup, Viktoria Komova of Russia solidly stuck the most difficult balance beam dismount, a double Arabian tuck. Komova performed it in combination thus earns a 0.1 bonus.

She most likely got 0.5 deduction for the landing the dismount in a deep squat position

She had a failed attempt at performing 'back handspring (B) to layout step out (C) to a tucked Arabian (F)' without a fall. Layout step out to tucked Arabian is worth 0.2 connection bonus while back handspring to layout step out to tucked Arabian is worth 0.1 series bonus.

She does a split leap with full turn (D), forward tuck (D), side somi (D) and full turn with leg at horizontal (C). She connects her forward aerial (D) toa  sheep jump (D) earning 0.2 connection bonus. She does a split leap (A) to a wolf jump (A) in order to fulfill the requirement of 'connection of two dance elements'.

Komova is 2011 and 2015 World bars champion.

Please note the routine is analyzed according the 2013-2016 CoP.

Written by Gigi Farid

Confident, expressive and elegant. 

Then 13 year old Viktoria Komova delivered one of her best floor routines. Her choreography was very entertaining, artistic and went well with the music. You can clearly tell that she was enjoying herself while performing that routine.

A one and half twisting back layout (C) to a double tucked Arabian (E), worth 0.2 connection bonus, was her opening tumbling pass. She took a small hop to the front on her full in tuck (E) and solidly stuck her double back pike (D).

She ends her routine with a triple twist (E). 

The performance took place at 2008 Pacific Rim championships. The Russian gymnast turned senior in 2011. She is the 2011 and 2015 World bars champion, and two time Olympic bronze medalist.

By Gigi Farid

Svetlana Khorkina
Photo by Sing Lo
Yes, that's right. Legendary gymnast Svetlana Khorkina attempted a brand new version of the most difficult acrobatic element on balance beam when she was a little cute junior gymnast.

The then fourteen year old gymnast attempted a cartwheel aerial to a gainer full twisting back layout but suffers a fall. A full twisting back layout is rated a G in the code of points while the gainer version has never been successfully attempted at a World or Olympic games thus is not yet in CoP. However, it will most likely receive the same rating as the original version when it gets introduced in the CoP.

Khorkina attempted the skill in 1994,1995 and 2001 but no luck. Despite the beam not being one of her strongest events, Svetlana managed to win four medals at European and World championships.

Written By Gigi Farid

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

Little cutie Sabina Cojocar had a fall on her clear hip circle on the uneven bars during a competition that was held in 1994. But the Romanian gymnast was too baby to understand how frustrating a fall usually is, she hops adorably and enthusiastically to the other side of the apparatus and resumes her routine.

Cojocar turned senior in 2001. She was part of the last World champion Romanian team as well as the last all around Goodwill Games champion. 

She was a very promising gymnast but was forced to retire in 2003 due to a chronic liver problem.

By Gigi Farid

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Elena Zamoloditchkova
At 1996 junior European championship, Elena Zamoloditchkova ended her balance beam routine with the most difficult dismount, a full twisting double back tuck.

The dismount is rated a G. It has the same rating as double arabian and full twisting double back pike.

She does a back handspring (B) to a layout step out (C) which she attempted to connect it to a back handspring but suffered a fall before she could land her feet on the apparatus.

She does a wolf jump (A) to a tucked Korbut (B), a switch leap (C) to another wold jump (A) and a forward tuck (D).

Elena was one of the most successful Russian gymnasts, she is two time Olympic and World champion. On beam, she has won a bronze medal at 2000 European championships.

Beside the full twisting double back tuck dismount, Elena competed a triple twisting back layout (F) and a double back tuck (D).

Photo by Sing Lo

By Gigi Farid

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13 year old Yulia Lozhecko ended her uneven bars routine with a very unusual dismount, a backward tucked salto from a handstand.

The dismount is rated a C and since one of the five requirements, where gymnasts automatically receive a 0.5 for each fulfilled requirements,  is doing a D or higher dismount, it is highly unlikely we see this dismount in high level competitions.

Lozhecko turned senior in 2005.  She is the 2007 European balance beam champion and 2005 European bronze all around champion.

Despite her talent, her career was put to an end when she was banned from round lack as a disciplinary action. Lozhecko was accused of not obeying her coaches and working on her own.

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Written by Gigi Farid

Aliya Mustafina
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

When Aliya Mustafina of Russia was twelve years old, she performed one of legend Svetlana Khorkina's signature skills on uneven bars.

The skill is a swing backwards with half turn and straddle flight over high bar. It is also known as Markelov. Vladmire Markelov was a Soviet gymnast who originated the release in men's gymnastics.

It is rated a D in the code of points. 

The routine was nicely performed. She did a Tkatchev release (D), pike sole circle with full turn (D), piked Stalder with full turn (D) and full twisting double back tuck dismount (C).

It is worth mentioning that Aliya never performed Khorkina signature release during her senior years.

Mustafina has six medals on uneven bars at Olympic games and, World and European championships.

Written by Gigi Farid