Tag Archives: Vault

Comparison of McKayla Maroney and Simone Biles Amanar Vaults

Side by Side Comparison of Simone Biles adn McKayla Maroney’s Amanar Vaults Maroney’s vault is faster, higher, longer. Some have commented that McKayla is taller/bigger. Last I checked most everyone still thought being small was an advantage in gymnastics and there is no handicapping in the scoring system for size. But this may well become […]

Definition: Shushunova

Shushunova: Elena Shushunova is a former Soviet, Russian gymnast who was a European, World and Olympic Champion. Shushunova was the first to perform several unique and difficult skills, named after her including her signature Shushunova (a straddle jump to land in a front lying support) on floor exercise, a release on the unevens (back giant […]

Definition: Melissanidis 2

Melissanidis 2: A Yurchenko 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 somersault in pike. It is essentially a triple somersault vault, with a round-off onto the springboard, a “back handspring” onto the vault table and then 2&1/2 […]

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