The newest elements in the men’s code of points reflect the truly global nature of gymnastics — in 2011, 13 men from 12 different countries (Brazil, Qatar, Netherlands, Great Britain, USA, Slovenia, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Bulgaria, Colombia and Greece) had an element named after them, the FIG announced today. (Related: How to get a skill named after you.)
Here are the skills that were named after men at the 2011 World Championships:
— Introducing The Penev: Jump backward with half turn to double salto forward stretched with half turn. In layman’s terms: Arabian double front layout half out. Value: F.
Submitted by: Eddie Penev, Bulgaria.
— Introducing “The Whitlock”: Salto forward piked or stretched with 5/2 turns. In layman’s terms: A 2.5 twisting front layout/pike dismount. Value: D.
Submitted by: Max Whitlock, Great Britain. Note that this skill will not actually be named after Whitlock since the FIG has deemed it as “normal progression of the element.” (No woman has a 3.5 twist named after her either for the same reason.) Personally, I think the FIG should reconsider — normal progression of the element or not, you don’t see a lot of that dismount.
— Introducing The Yang Hak Seon: Handspring forward and salto forward stretched with 3/1 turns. In layman’s terms: A handspring front layout triple full. Value: Start value 7.4.
Submitted by: Yang Hak Seon, South Korea. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Sasaki: A 5/4 salto forward straddled to hang. In layman’s terms: Front straddle somie 1.25 to his hands. Value: E.
Submitted by: Sergio Sasaki, Brazil. (Watch a news clip about his new skill here.)
— Introducing The Dimic: Swing forward with 3/4 turn and hop to handstand on one rail. Value: D.
Submitted by: Alen Dimic, Slovenia. (The graceful Dimic demos the skill here.)
— Introducing The Zonderland: Swing forward with 5/4 turn on one arm through Healy to support. In layman’s terms: That really cool original move Zonderland does early in his routine. Value: F.
Submitted by: Epke Zonderland, Netherlands. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Dalton: From upper arm hang, backward salto with 1/2 turn to upper arm hang. In layman’s terms: Tucked Geinger between the rails. Value: D.
Submitted by: Jake Dalton, USA. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Al Sadi: Moy piked with straddle cut backward to bent armed-support. Value: C.
Submitted by: Mahmood Al Sadi, Qatar. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Dayani: Moy piked with straddle cut backward and half turn to upper arm hang (also with legs together). Value: B.
Submitted by: Ahmed Al Dayani, Qatar. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Belyavskiy: Double salto forward piked dismount. Value: F.
Submitted by: David Belyavskiy, Russia. Watch it here.
— Introducing The Calvo: Stoop circle rearways with hop to handstand undergrip on one arm to 1/1 turn to double el-grip. In layman’s terms: Jam to hop full to el-grip. Value: C+D, two separate elements.
Submitted by: Jossimar Calvo Moreno, Colombia. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Munoz: Yamawaki 1/2 stretched to mixed grip into back uprise to handstand. In layman’s terms: Yamawaki (I often call it a “hecht over the bar”) half to front giant. Value: E.
Submitted by: Sergio Munoz, Spain. (Watch it here.)
— Introducing The Maras: Gaylord from el-grip. In layman’s terms: Gaylord from el-grip. Value: D.
Submitted by: Vlasios Maras, Greece.
*For women’s elements, an element must be valued at a C or higher to carry the gymnast’s name in the code of points. If the element is valued at less than a C, it is entered into the code, but not named after the gymnast who submitted it. I am not sure if this applies to the men’s elements as well.
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