Olympic Order: This refers to the order in which gymnastics events proceed in international competition. Unless there are other valid meet planning reasons not to do so (like speeding up a meet or uneven numbers of gymnasts in rotations), it … Continue reading
Okino: An uneven bar dismount named after Betty Okino, who first performed the skill in international competition. It consists of a free hip underswing with ½ twist to layout back salto. The skill has been rated by the FIG as … Continue reading
Needle Scale: A gymnast balance arabesque type element usually done on beam (but also possibly on floor) balanced on one foot, with the other leg lifted high (preferably showing a 180 degree split) to the back. The body is typically … Continue reading
Mount: This term is used both to identify the first skill with which the gymnast starts a gymnastics routine and also means to get up onto a gymnastics apparatus.
Mixed Grip: On the bars, this term refers to a grip with one hand in regular grip and the other in reverse grip, which means on one hand the fingers are facing away and are facing in on the other … Continue reading
Miller: An uneven bar skill named after Shannon Miller. It consists of a cast to handstand, with a 1 ½ turn after the handstand to a mixed-L grip. The skill has been rated by the FIG as a D level … Continue reading
Melissanidis 1: A vaulting skill in which the gymnast performs a round-off entry onto the vault table and after blocking off the vault table, rotates a double back tuck somersault. It is named after the Greek gymnast, Ioannis Melissanidis, who … Continue reading
McNamara: An uneven bar mount named after U.S. gymnast Julianne McNamara. She first performed the skill internationally in 1981. The mount is performed with a jump to hang on the high bar into a free hip circle to handstand with … Continue reading
McCool: A balance beam mount named after U.S. gymnast, Courtney McCool, who first performed the skill in international competition in 2004. The beam mount approaches toward the end of the beam and is a flyspring forward with flight before and … Continue reading
Mat: A term that refers to the various types of covered soft polyurethane foam landing equipment. Mats are used for safety, dismount landings and for performing on.