Four new elements in Artistic Gymnastics!
This is the best way to become remembered for a long period of time. Those sportsmen or sportswomen who created original elements that were confirmed in the Code of Points can become immortal in the world of sport.
In the Olympic Games in Rio the FIG Technical Committees approved four new elements. Two of them were in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics. The other two elements were in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. They are the following:
The Dick II
Performed by: Marisa Dick, Trinidad and Tobago
Apparatus: Balance Beam
Element description: A mount – change leg leap with 180 degree turn to free sit split position.
Element value: D
Note: Dick made international headlines after a different Beam mount named after her at last fall’s World Championships. This new move is therefore called the Dick II.
Performed by: Houry Gebeshian, Armenia
Apparatus: Uneven Bars
Element description: A hecht mount with a 360 degree turn with repulsion off the low bar to the high bar.
Element value: D
Note: In Rio, Gebeshian became the first female gymnast to represent Armenia at an Olympic Games.
Performed by: Marcel Nguyen, Germany
Apparatus: Parallel Bars
Element description: A free hip circle mount from the side of the bars with three quarter turn to handstand position.
Element value: E
Note: This is the first time that Nguyen, the Parallel Bars silver medalist from the London 2012 Olympics, has inked his name in the Code on his signature apparatus.
The Shirai II vault
Performed by: Kenzo Shirai, Japan
Element description: A roundoff entry vault with a back somersault in a stretched body position with three and a half twists.
Element value: 6.4
Note: Shirai, along with Korea’s Kim Hee Hoon, performed this vault with three twists at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Shirai, a.k.a. “Mr. Twist,” used his new vault to help him win Olympic bronze on the event.
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