watching the commonwealth games gymnastics with my family is so hard. all they do is pause the tv and ask me questions like “what is that move” “that’s a split leap mum”. just let the commentators explain okay.okay.
Recently I’ve noticed that many of the blogs & sites that cover major gymnastics events, even the most reputable ones, confuse the different shaposh variations and their names when they publish articles, quick hits, meet recaps, etc. It kind of frustrates me to read articles and quick hits on a major gymnastics news site in which the author repeatedly describes the Van Leeuwen as a “toe Khorkina II” or just gives up and starts calling all of them “shaposh” because they don’t know the actual name of the skill. I feel like if you are running a site that purports to offer accurate, comprehensive coverage of major events, you should know the proper names of skills and be able to recognize them and differentiate between them. When these bloggers and editors repeatedly misname or lump all of the transitions under the umbrella term “shaposh,” they’re misinforming viewers and readers who visit their sites to learn about the sport IMO.
ANYWAY, to combat this problem, I’m typing out a rough guide to the different types of shaposh-style transitions in hopes that you’ll be able to correctly identify these skills even when given the wrong information by commentators or bloggers. I know there was something similar to this floating around Tumblr a while ago, but the blog that published it has been deleted for quite some time, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to make one of my own here for those who are interested.
Shaposhnikova: Clear hip circle on low bar with backward flight over low bar to catch high bar. The original transition - named for Soviet gymnast Natalia Shaposhnikova. D value.
Khorkina II: Clear hip circle on low bar with flight over low bar and 1/2 turn to catch high bar. Named for Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina. E value.
Maloney: Toe-on circle (or pike circle, whichever you like to call it) on low bar with backward flight over low bar to catch high bar. Named for US gymnast Kristen Maloney. D value.
Van Leeuwen: Toe-on circle (pike circle) on low bar with flight over low bar and 1/2 turn to catch high bar. Named for Dutch gymnast Laura Van Leeuwen. E value.
Seitz: Toe-on circle (pike circle) on low bar with backward flight over low bar and 1/1 twist to catch high bar. Named for German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz. E value.
Chow II: Straddled stalder circle with flight backward over low bar to catch high bar. Named for American gymnast Amy Chow. D value.
Chow 1/2: Technically an unnamed skill, but most people refer to it as the Chow 1/2. Straddled stalder circle on low bar with flight over low bar and 1/2 turn to catch high bar. E value.
Komova I: Inbar stalder on low bar with flight over low bar and 1/2 turn to catch high bar. Named for Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova. E value.
Komova II: Inbar stalder on low bar with backward flight over low bar to catch high bar. Named for Russian gymnast Viktoria Komova. E value.
30 Day Gymternet Challenge
Day 8: Favourite Annual Competition
P & G National Gymnastics Championships (or whatever they are called now. the sponsors change all the time and I can’t keep up)
i quite like myself
slouched over a television with a broken remote,
pale skin alive with glowing colours
at 3:33 in the morning
i think i am at my best
when i am hovered
over the kitchen sink just after dark
running hot water
over my raw fingers
i feel great
when i am sprawled across my bed
crying before i even wake up
sun pushing, unwanted,
through a dirty window
i am very happy with who i am
i say aloud in the car
while i consider driving into a tree
i am very happy with who i am