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Double Y Turn On Balance Beam Expected To Be Officially Added To The CoP After Montreal

GIF by  yavannha We have been seeing gymnasts training/competing a double Y turn on balance beam for the past few years, but it wa...

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We have been seeing gymnasts training/competing a double Y turn on balance beam for the past few years, but it was never competed at any of the three competitions (Olympic Games, Youth Olympics, World championships) where gymnasts can get their skills added to the CoP and named after them. 

Japanese gymnast Aiko Sugihara, who has been named to 2017 Worlds team, was shown training the skill as part of her preparation for the competition. 

She has competed it before at a domestic competition.

The Y full turn is rated a C while the one and a half one is rated a D. The new skill is expected to receive E rating.

Sugihara has to fully complete the turns and compete it with no fall in order to have it added to the CoP.

If competed successfully, the 18 year old Olympian will be the only Japanese gymnast to have a skill on balance beam named after her in the current CoP.

British Georgia-Mae Fenton and Catherine Lyons, Romanian Paula Tudorache and Russia's Natalia Kapitonova have trained/competed the skill.

Double Olympic champions Aliya Mustafina was seen training the skill shortly after her ACL injury in 2011.

The 2017 Worlds, which will be held between October 2 and 8, will be Aiko's second World championships.

Written by Gigi Farid


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