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D Score Judges Severely Downgrade Catalina Ponor's Beam Routine, Here Is The Full Explanation

Photo by Jeni Hull While participating at the 2017 Szombathely Challenge Cup, Romania's Catalina Ponor had her beam routine sever...

Photo by Jeni Hull

While participating at the 2017 Szombathely Challenge Cup, Romania's Catalina Ponor had her beam routine severely downgraded by the D score judges.

Ponor intended for a 6.5 routine but received a 5.6 in the difficulty panel. 

In this post, we have done our best to break down the intended D score and what might the judges have credited or not have credited.

Her is intended routine:

Back layout to two feet mount, F.

Back handspring (B) to LOSO (C) To LOSO (C), 0.1 connection bonus - 0.1 series bonus.

Switch leap (C) to Kochetkova (D) to Stretched jump 1/1 (C), 0.2 connection bonus - 0.1 series bonus.

Onodi (D) to split ring jump (D), 0.2 connection bonus.

Switch ring leap (E).

Forward aerial (D) to Split jump (B) to Omelianchik (D), 0.2 connection bonus - 0.1 series bonus.

Wolf jump (A) to Sissone (A).

Full turn (A).

Double back pike (E).

Acros: Layout to two feet (F) - Onodi (D) - Forward aerial (D) - Kochetkova (D) - Double back pike (E) = 2.3

Dance: Split ring jump (D) - Switch ring leap (E) - Switch leap (C) = 1.2

Connection and series bonus: 1

Composition requirements: 2

Total: 6.5

What might have gone in judges minds:

*She lost all connection on her first acro dance series 

Because: There is additional arm swing between the switch leap to Kochetkova,

(the CoP states that no connection value will be added if there is an additional arm swing)

And because she landed her stretched jump 1/1 midways 

There is no such a thing called stretch jump with half turn, so the skill and its connection to Kochetkova were deemed invalid. 

So here she loses the 0.1 connection between switch leap to Kochetkova, the 0.1 connection between the Kochetkova and stretch jump 1/1 and the 0.1 series bonus of switch leap to Kochetkova to stretch jump 1/1. 

[6.5-0.3 = 6.2]

*Her split ring jump was not rightfully executed.

The code states if the back foot is below the shoulders, the split ring jump (D) gets downgraded to (C), hence, the connection bonus goes down from 0.2 to 0.1.


*Her back foot was below the shoulders on her switch ring leap (E), hence the value of the skill was downgraded to a D. 


*She loses the 0.1 connection between split jump and Omelianchik

due to additional arm swing

hence also loses the 0.1 series bonus.


So that leaves us with 5.7 score while the actual credited D score is 5.6. Three theories, it could be; the judges did not credit the 0.1 connection between the front aerial and split jump 

or the onodi and split jump for the additional arm swing thing.

or downgraded her F rated layout mount to E rated back pike.

Harsh, isn't it?

Written by Gigi Farid


  1. Thanks for a detailed explanation

  2. Can you explain amy tinkler vaulting EF at Szombathey 2017 too. She got DNF for a DNS . I'm confused !!! Thank You

  3. Catalina Ponor remains one of the most fantastic gymnasts ever !

  4. She vaulted on her third attempt. If you balk out of your first run up without touching the board you get a 1 point deduction. If you ball out of your second attempt it doesn't matter whether or not you touch the board or not, you still get a 0. The difference is, is that if you touch the board at any time I think you don't get an extra attempt, but if you ball out with no touch you still get to attempt eventhough it won't matter for a score. However I'm not completely sure what's the touch protocol in terms of getting to vault anyways is.

  5. I hope this Applies to all the gymnasts.
    Américan included