A Guide To Named Bars & Beam Dismounts



Patterson. Mustafina. Moors. All names of talented elite gymnasts who have been good enough to have a skill named after them by the FIG, with their names officially listed in the Code of Points. When an elite gymnast performs a skill for the first time at a major international competition, he/she is eligible to have the skill named for them. The list of these skills continues to grow year after year, and some are taken out as well. We thought we would help summarize these skills by grouping them into skill type. We’re starting this week with dismounts on bars and beam, including those dismounts which are still listed in the current Code of Points. While a few of these dismounts are performed by gymnasts today, many of them have not been performed in quite some time, or by anyone other than the original gymnast who competed the skill. Let us know in the comments section below which dismounts you’d like to see performed again!

Bars Dismounts

(Listed in order of difficulty)

Comaneci
Named for: Nadia Comaneci (Romania)
Competed at: 1976 Olympic Games
Description of skill: Front support on HB, underswing with ½ twist to salto backward tucked or piked
Value of skill: C (0.30)

Kraeker
Named for: Steffi Kraeker (East Germany)
Competed at: 1978 World Championships
Description of skill: Front support on HB, clear underswing with ½ twist to salto backward tucked with full twist
Value of skill: C (0.30)

Pechstein
Named for: Tanja Pechstein (Switzerland)
Competed at: 1993 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing down forward between bars with reverse grip - salto forward stretched with 1 ½ twist
Value of skill: C (0.30)

Brunner
Named for: Jenny Brunner (Germany)
Competed at: 2007 World Championships
Description of skill: Clear pike circle backward to salto forward stretched with half turn
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Chusovitina
Named for: Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan)
Competed at: 1991 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward to double salto backward tucked with full twist in second salto
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Fontaine
Named for: Larissa Fontaine (USA)
Competed at: 1994 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward to salto backward tucked with ½ twist into salto forward tucked
Value of skill: D (0.40)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Jamie Dantzscher (USA)

Morio
Named for: Malka Morio (Japan)
Competed at: 1983 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing down between bars, swing forward to double salto backward tucked with full twist in first salto
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Moors
Named for: Victoria Moors (Canada)
Competed at: 2012 Olympic Games
Description of skill: Toe-on front layout with a half twist
Value of skill: D (0.40)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Ellie Black (Canada)

Mukhina
Named for: Elena Mukhina (Soviet Union)
Competed at: 1977 World Cup
Description of skill: Hip circle backward (also clear) on low or high bar, hecht with salto backward tucked
Value of skill: D (0.40)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Liu Yachun (China)

Okino
Named for: Betty Okino (USA)
Competed at: 1992 World Championships
Description of skill: Front support on HB, clear underswing with ½ twist to salto backward stretched
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Blanco
Named for: Bibiana Blanco (Colombia)
Competed at: 2002 World Cup
Description of skill: Swing forward to salto backward stretched with ½ twist into salto forward stretched
Value of skill: E (0.50)

Giovannini
Named for: Carlotta Giovannini (Italy)
Competed at: 2008 Olympic Games
Description of skill: Swing down between bars, swing forward with ½ twist to double salto forward piked
Value of skill: E (0.50)

Li Ya
Named for: Li Ya (China)
Competed at: 2006 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward with ½ twist to double salto forward piked
Value of skill: E (0.50)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Ksenia Semenova (Russia)

Mustafina
Named for: Aliya Mustafina (Russia)
Competed at: 2010 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward to double salto backward tucked with a 1 ½ twist
Value of skill: E (0.50)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Simone Biles (USA) in training

Pentek
Named for: Tunde Pentek (Hungary)
Competed at: 2003 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing down forward between bars in reverse grip/L grip, swing backward to double salto forward piked with ½ twist
Value of skill: E (0.50)

Varga
Named for: Adrienne Varga (Hungary)
Competed at: 1997 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward to salto backward stretched with ½ twist into salto forward piked with ½ twist
Value of skill: E (0.50)

Fabrichnova
Named for: Oksana Fabrichnova (Soviet Union)
Competed at: 1993 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward to double salto backward tucked with double twist
Value of skill: F (0.60)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Viktoria Komova (Russia)

Ma
Named for: Ma Yanhong (China)
Competed at: 1981 World Championships
Description of skill: Hip circle backward (also clear) hecht with full turn to salto backwards
Value of skill: F (0.60)

Ray
Named for: Elise Ray (USA)
Competed at: 2000 Olympic Games
Description of skill: Swing forward to double layout backward with double twist
Value of skill: G (0.70)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Shawn Johnson (USA)

Magana
Named for: Brenda Magana (Mexico)
Competed at: 2002 World Championships
Description of skill: Swing forward to triple salto backward tucked
Value of skill: G (0.70)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Shantessa Pama (USA)



Beam Dismounts

(Listed in order of difficulty)

Bohmerova
Named for: Lubica Bohmerova (Slovakia)
Description of skill: Gainer salto tucked or stretched with full to 1 ½ twist off the side of the beam
Value of skill: B (0.20) / C (0.30)

Domingues
Named for: Gabriela Domingues (Spain)
Competed at: 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Description of skill: Salto backward tucked with 1 ½ twist
Value of skill: C (0.30)

Kim
Named for: Nellie Kim (Soviet Union)
Competed at: 1976 Olympic Games
Description of skill: Gainer salto tucked with full twist at the end of the beam
Value of skill: C (0.30)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Galina Marinova (Bulgaria)

Araujo
Named for: Heine Araujo (Brazil)
Description of skill: Salto forward stretched with double twist, take off from both legs
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Khorkina
Named for: Svetlana Khorkina (Russia)
Competed at: 2003 World Championships
Description of skill: Gainer stretched back salto with 2 ½ twist off the side or end of beam
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Kim
Named for: Nellie Kim (Soviet Union)
Competed at: 1980 Olympic Games
Description of skill: Free aerial cartwheel into salto backward tucked
Value of skill: D (0.40)

Steingruber
Named for: Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland)
Competed at: 2011 World Championships
Description of skill: Gainer salto backward stretched with full twist at the end of the beam
Value of skill: E (0.50)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Maike Enderle (Germany)

Patterson
Named for: Carly Patterson (USA)
Competed at: 2003 World Championships
Description of skill: Arabian double salto forward tucked
Value of skill: G (0.70)
Other Gymnast who has performed this skill: Aly Raisman (USA)

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