Definition: Amanar

Amanar: In women’s vaulting, this is the name for a 2&1/2 twisting Yurchenko vault. a vault named after Simona Amanar of Romania.  It is a Yurchenko-style vault, with a round-off onto the board, a back handspring onto the horse, and another 1&1/2 somersaults and 2&1/2 twists on the back side of the vault, which makes it a double somersault vault in layout with 2&1/2 twists. The vault was first done by Simona Amanar internationally at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.

McKayla Maroney sticking Amanar vault

New York Times Amanar Video, Animation, Commentary and Explanation

New York Times article with excellent video, animation and explanation of the Amanar vault, including commentary and explanations from Olympic Gold medalist, Shannon Miller, World All-Around champion gymnast, Jordyn Wieber and Wieber’s coach, John Geddert.

Montage of Amanar Vaults, including by Simona Amanar, for whom the vault was named.

Video Animation of McKayla Maroney Winning Worlds Vault Title

This syndicated photo originally appeared at Gymnastics Gifs.

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