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Junior Catalina Ponor Mounts The Beam With A D Rated Element

In 2002, a year before she turned senior, Romania's Catalina Ponor mounted the balance beam with a round off to a layout step out w...



In 2002, a year before she turned senior, Romania's Catalina Ponor mounted the balance beam with a round off to a layout step out which is rated a D.

During her senior years, Ponor had often started her beam with a simple and artistic element.

She performs an Onodi (D) to a back handspring (B) to a layout step out (C), worth 0.1 series bonus, an aerial (D) to a full twisting back handspring (D), switch leap (C) to Omelianchik (D), worth 0.1 connection bonus and ends her routine with a double back pike (D).

Ponor who is now retired, is a triple Olympic gold medalist. She is also the most successful Romanian balance beam worker.

Since the introduction of the new CoP in 2006, 90 percent of the elite gymnasts avoid performing difficult mounts while saving the difficulty for the other elements and dismount.




Written by Gigi Farid

Photo by Sing Lo

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