British WAG FIG Named Skills.

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I though I would start a post of skills named after British WAG gymnasts in the FIG code of points.

At present there are four skills named after British Gymnasts in the code, and at posting all are Tkatchev variations on bars.

In date order:

1. The Church

Gymnast: Shavahn Church
Skill: Toe on to piked Tkatchev
Value: E
Credited: 2005 World Championships Melbourne

The video isn’t great quality, but at 20 seconds you can see the skill. Shavahn was hoping to gain credit for the toe on to straight Tkatchev, and you hear the commentator call it that. She was a closed hip angle away, and was credited with the pike, but still a new skill. The straight version was credited to Tatiana Nabieva five years later at the 2010 World Championships.


2. The Tweddle

Gymnast: Beth Tweddle
Skill: Toe on to pike Tkatchev with half turn to mixed grip
Value: F
Credited: 2008 Olympic Games Beijing

Beth not only created this skill, but by the time she got to London 2012 had it linked it to the Ezhova immediate Van Leuween forging a new path of multi release-transition routines created to build bonus, that today’s dynamic bars workers have followed.


3. The Downie

Gymnast: Becky Downie
Skill: Stalder to piked Tkatchev
Value: F
Credited: 2010 World Championships Rotterdam

Becky debuted this skill at the 2010 World Championships as a single skill, difficult enough to master. She has since worked it from a toe full then linked to immediate Pak to low bar for 0.3 connection bonus. It is this constant pushing and improvement which has led to her becoming twice European champion on this piece.


4. The Derwael-Fenton

Gymnast: Georgia-Mae Fenton
Skill: Stalder Tkatchev with half turn to mixed grip
Value: F
Credited: 2017 World Championships Montreal

Both Georgia-Mae and Nina Derwael of Belgium successfully performed this skill in qualifications at the recent World Championships. Both gymnasts link the skill to an Ezhova to low bar. As both performed it, it is named after both gymnasts, in alphabetical order. Since Montreal we have seen Georgia also training the Tweddle and pulling the swing out right up to handstand, be prepared for her to be going even bigger on bars in 2018.


So there we have it, the list is four so far, who will be next I wonder.

It is only right to mention what should be the fifth gymnast with a recognised eponymous skill, and that is Kelly Simm. Kelly successfully performed the original In bar Stalder to piked Tkatchev in qualifications at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, as did Sophie Scheder of Germany. ¬†At the time, should two gymnasts perform the same skill, neither had it named after them. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that this isn’t right, and that it is perfectly possible to retrospectively grant these gymnasts the reward of their efforts.

The Scheder-Simm

2 thoughts on “British WAG FIG Named Skills.

  1. Do you FIG will go back over the skills that were successfully performed but not named and allow them to be named after multiple gymnasts?


    • Well, I don’t know is the answer. As I said in the section about Kelly Simm and her skill, I very much hope so, and I think it would be the right thing to do.
      Whether that would mean throughout the entire history of there being a code with named skills, or having a cut off point, I guess either would work, although my feeling is that if you are going to name skills, name skills. Don’t name some and not others, and don’t remove names from the code either!
      Also, allow MAG and WAG gymnasts equal opportunity to have a skill credited, WAG have only been allowed World Championships and Olympic Games, MAG have also been allowed World Cups, although I believe this is set to change, and there will be equal opportunity from now on.


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