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Meet The Originators: Double Arabian Balance Beam Dismount

A double tucked Arabian is the most difficult dismount on balance beam. Out of the G rated beam dismounts, the double tucked Arabian is ...

A double tucked Arabian is the most difficult dismount on balance beam. Out of the G rated beam dismounts, the double tucked Arabian is the most competed.

UPDATE: US Simone Biles originated the double twisting double back tuck off beam in 2019, which has been given an H rating.

Skill: A half turn, two front flips in the air before landing.

Rating: G


Named After: Carly Patterson of USA


Event: Balance Beam


Debut: 2003 World championships


Carly Patterson's Biography


Carly Patterson was born in 1988. She turned senior in 2003 where she led her team to win their first ever World title and earned herself a silver medal in the all around at the same competition.

Patterson is best known for winning the Olympic all around gold at 2004 Olympics beating veteran and one of the all time greatest gymnasts Svetlana Khorkina of Russia. Her gold was the first for a female American gymnast in a non boycott Olympics.

Twenty years earlier, Mary Lou Retton of USA won the all around gold medal at the 1984 Olympic games which was boycotted by Soviet Union, the most dominant country in the sport at that time.

Patterson took a break after the Olympics and retired in 2006. She moved on to singing but quit and focused on her studies and other projects.





Was Patterson really the first gymnast to perform it?

No, US Cory Fritzinger competed it at a meet in 1998. Fritzinger never got the chance to compete at an international competition.






Gymnasts who have also performed this skill

Viktoria Komova of Russia, World uneven bars and Youth Olympic all around champion.


 

Ellie Downie of Great Britain, the first British gymnast to win an all around bronze medal at European championships, also the first British to compete the dismount.




Rebecca Bross of USA, multiple World medalist.



Note that a gymnast has to debut her skill at either Worlds or Olympics to have it named after her, and in case of junior, she has to perform it at Youth Olympic games.

UPDATE: gymnasts can submit their elements at any FIG competition.


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