Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pommel Horse Primer: What the H is a scissors?

No more spinny thingies! It's time to start discuss scissoring. Don't know what that is? Let's take a look at how Dictionary.com defines scissoring.


Clearly, Dictionary.com needs the help of the gymternet when it comes to discussing gymnastics terminology. I haven't really seen too many people scissor a bar, but I have seen scissors on the pommel horse. They look like this:


As Boris Shakhlin picks up his hand, the leg in front goes to the back, and the leg in the back goes to the front. Both legs have to switch places at the same time. Otherwise, it's called a leg cut, which we already discussed.

Speaking of leg cuts, as you may have noticed, the very first skill in the gif loop is a leg cut forward. (His right leg goes from the front to the back.) Because he initiates his scissors sequence with a leg cut forward, we say that he is doing his scissors forward, as well.

As you can imagine, you can do a leg cut backward into a scissor backward. 


It didn't take a genius to figure that one out. There are a few small differences between a scissor forward and a scissor backward. For instance, when performing the latter, the gymnast's front leg goes over the top of the back leg. On a scissor forward, the opposite is true. The gymnast's front leg goes underneath the back leg...

Yadda yadda yadda. I could enumerate more differences, but they are not extremely pressing. As long as you can identify a scissors, I'll be happy. Let's see if you can...



Scissors 101: The Final Exam



The test is simple. Look at each gif and decide what skill the gymnast is doing.

Gif #1:

A) Scissors
B) Leg Cuts
Extra Credit: Backward or Forward?


Gif #2:

A) Scissors
B) Leg Cuts
Extra Credit: Backward or Forward?




Gif #3:

A) Scissors
B) Leg Cuts
Extra Credit: Backward or Forward?


* * * * *

Answers

1) A. Scissors Forward
2) B. Leg cuts. He does one forward and then one backward.
3) Trick question: B + A. He does a leg cut forward, then a leg cut backward into a scissor backward.


Did you pass?


If you did, I have a little gift for you. It's this gif.

If you like women, just imagine it's Ponor or Khorkina or Sacramone or Liukin or... or... or...

May you have sweet dreams of Sexy Alexei tonight and every night. If you did not pass, may you have nightmares of creepy Carter macking on Lo from the Rock.


Excuse me while I hurl...



By the way...

In case you don't know who Boris Shakhlin is, he was the 1960 Olympic all-around champion. He also had CRAZY amounts of chest hair.




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