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Meet The Originators: Full Twisting Double Layout On Floor

A full twisting double back layout is second most difficult tumbling pass on floor exercise. Skill:  Double salto bwd stretched with 1...

A full twisting double back layout is second most difficult tumbling pass on floor exercise.

Skill: Double salto bwd stretched with 1/1 twist (360۫)

Rating: H

Named after: Oksana Chusovitina 

Event: Floor exercise

Debut: 1991 Worlds

 Oksana Chusovitina's Biography:

Oksana Chusovitina is the oldest competitive elite gymnast. Her elite gymnastics career has spanned more than a quarter century.

She has competed for the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, and Germany. She was part of the 1992 Olympic gold winning Unified team. Individually, she won a silver medal on vault at 2008 Olympic Games. She is eleven times World medalist.

As a vault specialist, she does not compete a Yurchenko style vault but rather competes front handspring entry and Tsukahara-family vaults. She is one of a few women to return to competition after becoming a mother and one of a few gymnasts who attempted the Produnova vault.

Was Oksana really the first gymnast to perform it?

No, Tatiana Tuzhikova of Soviet Union competed the skill at 1987 World championships and was originally named after her. It was added to the CoP as a full in layout despite the fact that it was more of half in-half out. Four years later, Chusovitina competed a layout full out and the FIG considered it a different skill thus was added to the CoP.

In the current CoP, the FIG considers both skills the same regardless of the twist replacement and Oksana is the one credited with the it.

It is worth mentioning that Cristina Bontas of Romania competed the skill at 1991 World championships. Since the twist replacement was in the first salto, the FIG considered it the same skill as Tuzhikova.

Gymnasts who have also performed this skill

Jana Bieger of USA

Daiane Dos Santos of Brazil

Ji Liya of China

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

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