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The Five Gymnasts Who Competed The Popular Double Twisting Yurchenko Vault Before It Was Officially Added To The Code Of Points

Not all gymnasts successfully get their original skills named after them, as they have to follow certain rules depending of course on the er...


Not all gymnasts successfully get their original skills named after them, as they have to follow certain rules depending of course on the era they competed in.

For example, nowadays, gymnasts can have their skills bear their name when they submit and compete it at an Olympic or Fig competition.

Not so long ago, gymnasts were restricted to do so only at the Olympics and World championships.

The double twisting Yurchenko, aka DTY, is considered to be the default vault for elite gymnasts.

The reigning Olympic all around champion Sunisa Lee of USA competed the vault, as did the all around bronze medalist Angelina Melnikova.

The same goes to 2012 and 2016 Olympic all around bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia, and 2012 Olympic vault champion Sandra Izbasa of Romania.

The vault is named after Soviet gymnast Svetlana Baitova who competed it at the 1987 World championships. 

But there were five gymnasts who competed it before she did.


Elena Gurova
Country: Soviet Union
Age at that time: 11 years old
Year: 1984
Notes: She is believed to be the first DTY performer.


Elena Shushunova
Country: Soviet Union
Age at that time: 15/16 years old
Year: 1985
Notes: She is the 1985 World all around and 1988 Olympic all around champion.



Elena Shevchenko 
Country: Soviet Union
Age at that time: 14/15 years old
Year: 1985
Notes: She is the 1988  Olympic champion with her team.


Vera Kolesnikova
Country: Soviet Union
Age at that time: 17/18 years old
Year: 1986
Notes: She is the 1985 World champion with her team, and the mother of 2012 Olympic all around silver medalist Viktoria Komova.



Aleftina Pryakhina
Country: Soviet Union
Age at that time: 15/16 years old
Year: 1986
Notes: She is the 1987  European all around silver medalist.



Romania's Eugenia Golea competed the vault at the very same competition as Baitova but since her rotation was after Baitova's, the latter got it named after her.



Photo: Silvia Vatteroni

Post inspired by inbarfull

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