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ilanchik20 → Simone is not artistic. I don't actually believe it case I love her but I heard some people talk about it. strongly agree | agree | neutral | disagree | strongly disagree


Thank god this isnt your opinion haha, but I strongly disagree. I could write a book on this tbh.


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Mustafina’s epic save on BB 

Not many gymnasts can make their save look better than the original combination…



Mustafina’s epic save on BB 

Not many gymnasts can make their save look better than the original combination…

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lifeofpossibility replied to your post
Are there deductions for it?
It should definitely incur deductions in body shape and knee bends. Not sure about the straddle, because straddle tapping (but under the low bar, not above) is considered an acceptable tapping technique (at least in the JO world. I’m not sure if they would deduct under FIG rules).
Here’s an example of a straddle tap. I picked LSU’s Sarie Morrison. Her body is still hollowed, her knees are still pointing forward (not down at the floor), and everything is tight

I always preferred the straddle tap, myself. But I think it’s more of a JO/NCAA thing than an Elite thing.

2 hours ago

Anonymous → I really appreciate your in-depth explanation of the different kind of taps - those kinds of technical explanations are great for fans like me who were never gymnasts! Is there a reason Russians teach the tap that way aside from the fact that it's how their coaches teach it? Is it easier?

You’re welcome! I’m really glad it’s helpful.

I think that’s just the way they teach it (maybe because they think it generates more momentum? Who knows), and in my opinion, it’s not easier. It’s probably a little more dangerous because tapping over the bar like that makes you more apt to hitting your feet than a more hollowed tap is. I would also guess that it would raise the risk of peeling off the bar.

In my opinion, it also is an aesthetic eyesore, because it causes knee bends and makes the gymnast look loose and floppy.

12 hours ago with 1 note

Anonymous → thanks so much for explaining your tap comment! Makes perfect sense! (For some reason I thought you meant like a tap over the low bar when transitioning from high to low like in a bail...) But yeah - your explanation was perfect!

You’re welcome 😊

13 hours ago