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Definition: Onodi

Onodi: An Onodi is a balance beam skill performed by women on beam and floor and is named after Hungarian Olympic gymnast Henrietta Onodi. To do an Onodi, the gymnast starts like a back handspring and does a half twist into a front handspring. Russian gymnast Olga Mostepanova performed this exact same skill in the […]

Definition: Higgins

Higgins: A high bar or uneven bar skill done from a handstand, with a 1/2 pirouette and finish in elgrip position. Also called Higgins roll. Floor Bar Higgins Spot Gymnastics Bars Higgins Roll Higgins from Giant Giant to Higgins to Stalder plus This collection of progressions/drills and bar equipment progressions is now put together in […]

Definition: Russian Front

Russian Front: A Russian front somersault is a forward somersault, done with a specific straight arm circling lift. The timing of the arm circle lifting action is sometimes difficult for young gymnasts to understand and master. The arms circle upward, forward, downward and back to a locked out position in the back, that creates substantial […]

Definition: Yamawaki

Yamawaki: A high bar release move first done by Japanese gymnast, Kyoji Yamawaki. It is essentially a stretched Markelov. The FIG has rated it a “D” difficulty skills. Here is a video that begins with a crash and then has Charlie Tamayo doing an incredibly high Yamawaki, with a much different (double arch) tap swing […]

Definition: Markelov

Markelov: A men’s and women’s high bar release move, that is essentially a vault catch. Here is a video of both Svetlana Khorkina and Courtney Kupets, both doing Markelovs on the uneven bars: Here is a video of Soviet gymnast, Vladimir Markelov, who is performing on high bar during the All-Around competition at the 1976 […]

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