Friday, September 27, 2013

Antwerp by the MAG Eponyms: Part 2

To recap:

OMFG! Have you heard? Victoria Moors is going to perform a double-double layout–a skill that received a preliminary ranking of an "I." OMFG!

Yesterday, all the buzz surrounding Moors got me thinking about the men. I wanted to see just how many of the men's competitors have skills named after them, and well, there's a bunch of them. Many more than I ever expected. So, I had to break my post into two parts. This is part two, focusing on the eponymous skills on vault, p-bar, and high bar. If you want to read about floor, pommels, and rings, click here

Anyhoo, with that out of the way, let's continue to revel in our gym nerddom, shall we?

8. Yang Hak Seon, South Korea – Vault

A handspring triple twist (6.4)

I don't think I can stick a cartwheel anymore. But Yang Hak Seon can almost stick a handspring triple twist.

Getting old tsuks.

9. Ri Se Gwang, North Korea – Vault

Speaking of tsuks, Ri Se Gwang has his own vault named after him: a tsuk double back with a full twist (6.4).

I think that Ri Se Gwang's ankles are going to turn into sawdust one day. Just hopefully not in Antwerp. I want to see a close final between him and Yang.

10. Alen Dimic, Slovenia – Parallel Bars

You have to be a pretty hardcore men's gym fan in order to know who Alen Dimic is. You have to be an even more hardcore men's gym fan to know that he has a skill named after him. Basically, a Dimic is when the gymnast swings forward with a 3/4 turn and a hop to single rail handstand (D). You can see the element at the 0:30 mark in this video:

11. Epke Zonderland, Netherlands – Parallel Bars

If you started paying attention to Epke in 2012, you may not know that he is decent at parallel bars, as well. He was the 2007 European bronze medalist and the 2011 European silver medalist on the event, and it was in 2011 that "The Zonderland" came into being.  For the MAG nerds, that's a 5/4 Diamidov to a 3/4 healy.

For the non-MAG nerds: The gymnast swings forward and does a 5/4 turn on one arm. Then, he switches hands and does a healy (a 3/4 turn). (F)

12. Vasileios Tsolakidis, Greece – Parallel Bars

Tsolakidis won his first World Championship medal on parallel bars in 2011. Guess how old he was. 32. There's hope for us all!

During his silver-medal-winning routine, we had the opportunity to see both of his eponymous skills. The Tsolakidis I is a Makuts from upper arms (G).

For the non-MAG nerds: From upper arm hang, swing forward, do 3/4 of a turn on one hand, and then do 3/4 of a turn on the other hand.

Watch it at the 0:50 mark.

Gym Nerd Trivia: In the 2009-2012 Code of Points, the Tsolakidis I was an E, but it has been bumped up to a G this year. That's quite the upgrade! That's like being upgraded from Economy Plus to First Class!

13. Vasileios Tsolakidis, Greece –Parallel Bars

Like the Tsolakidis I, the Tsolakidis II also starts from upper arms, but as the gymnast swings forward, he also does a 3/2 turn. (F)

Watch it at the 0:40 mark.

14. Sergio Sasaki, Brazil – Parallel Bars

Sergio Sasaki isn't the outright owner of this skill. He has to share it with Li Chol Hon of North Korea. The skill is a front salto in straddle position, which ends in an under-bar hang (E). Watch it at the 0:36 mark:

Most of the time, Sasaki does not perform his namesake. Instead, he usually does a 5/4 straddle to upper arms, which is a D. Lame.

15. Samuel Piasecky, Slovakia – Parallel Bars

Single-rail handstands are all the rage in men's gymnastics right now, so you may see this skill from time to time in Antwerp. It's a giant swing to single-rail handstand (D). Watch it at the 0:23 mark.

This is one of the skills whose name I forget on a regular basis, and Piasecky is my fellow countryman! DOH!

Je mi ľuto!

16. Zhou Shixiong, China – Parallel Bars

Zhou Shixiong is one to watch on parallel bars in Antwerp. That said, he could get severely deducted on his eponymous skill, for he struggles to hit a handstand.

What is a Zhou Shixiong? It's a peach basket with 5/4 to single-rail handstand (G). For the WAG fans: Think of a peach basket like an in-bar stalder to handstand. The shoulders go back. The body usually pikes. Then the toes shoot up to handstand.

You can see the Zhou Shixiong at the 0:12 mark here:

Like I've said, I've never seen him really make it to handstand.

17. David Belyavskiy, Russia – Parallel Bars

A back double pike is only a D, but a front double pike dismount is an F. Oh, and it's named after David Belyavskiy.

18. Roman Kulesza, Poland – High Bar

Again, this is a guy you may not know, but chances are pretty good that you're going to see a lot of his namesake. The Kulesza is a straddle Tkatchev with a 1/2 turn to double el-grip (E). You can watch Kulesza attempt it at the 0:12 mark:

By the way, if you don't know what double el-grip is… Place your hands in front of you with your palms facing your face. Now rotate your thumbs inward so that they are facing each other. Now keep rotating your hands in the same direction until your palms are facing you again. Now imagine grabbing a bar. Now imagine catching a bar like that.

Ouch? Yeah, this is the gymnastics equivalent of watching a sex scene with your parents. It's not supposed to be comfortable.

19. Marijo Moznik, Croatia – High Bar

The Tkatchev 1/2 release is the bane of my existence, and unfortunately, there are many variations of it. Marijo Moznik created his own. It's a stretched Tkatchev with 1/2 turn to a mixed el-grip (one hand in el-grip, the other not). Afterwards, the gymnast must follow the release with an uprise to handstand (E).

Watch it at the 0:32 mark:

Honorable Mention: Jake Dalton, United States – Parallel Bars

For a hot second, it looked as if Jake would have a skill named after him: a back tuck with a 1/2 twist starting from upper arms and finishing on upper arms. After the 2011 Worlds, the FIG even called it a Dalton in their official newsletter. But it turns out that Matsumi Harada did the skill over a decade ago.

So, there you have it. The Worlds competitors who have skills named after them. What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

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Antwerp by the MAG Eponyms: Part 1


  1. Balandin has two skills named after him and now he replaced injured Nikolay Kuksenkov in Russian team.

  2. The zonderland ends with a 5/4 healy....
    -smug-ass gym nerd