Club Owner / Manager
- Apr 17, 2007
There seems to be a new trend in mens gymnastics on the floor exercise...more and more gymnast's seem to be veering away from the RO-backhandspring connected to higher level elements. I am seeing more and more gymnasts using the Roundoff as the mechanism for takeoff without the backhandspring. Elements such as RO-back 3/2..., RO back 2/1, RO back 5/2 and even RO back 3/1 are seen more and more at elite level competitions. Was wondering anyone feelings regarding this phenomenon...Personally, I can see advantages and disadvantages to the trend. The feet driving further back behind the COM on take off seems to be the idea behind the backhandspring (flick), however with the way the FIG is rewarding certain passes, are we seeing the decline of the backhandspring in modern day elite gymnastics?