as much as i love my american girls, i would be super happy if tori, giulia, or roxi won scam.

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That was like the winter Olympic version of Tim’s “TWO FLIPS TWO TWISTS!”

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Ebee and McKayla at camp (21/1/2014)


Mattie retiring is the most depressing thing I’ve heard all week

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haha Jordyn…

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PQST’s Guide to Common FX Leaps & Jumps, Part 1: A & B Leaps


First, a couple of definitions.

A leap is a type of dance element that takes off (pushes off the floor) from one leg.

A jump is a dance element that takes off from both legs.

1. The Split Leap (A)

The most basic of all leaps, and the building block for more advanced leaps, the split leap takes off of one leg and lands on the other, reaching a full split in the air. During the leap, the leg that the gymnast used to push off the floor extends fully behind her, while the other (leading) leg extends fully in front of her, forming a full, square split position in the air. Her hips and torso should face forward, toward the foot of her leading leg. The back leg should be turned under, kneecap pointing toward the floor.


2. The Side Leap (A)

In a side leap, the gymnast takes off exactly as she would for a split leap, but as she pushes off the floor, leading with her favored leg, she executes a 1/4 turn in the air so that she reaches a full side or straddle split position at the apex of the leap. During this straddle position, her knees should face the ceiling and her chest should be upright with the arms in front or in crown.


3. The Tour Jete (B)

The tour jete is the basis for many of the difficult turning leaps that elites compete on floor, including the tour jete 1/2 (or split full), the Gogean, and the Ferrari. Pushing off of one leg, the gymnast swings her favored leg up to horizontal as she leaves the floor, then executes a quick half turn in the air before hitting a full split, keeping her favored leg extended in front of her and her take off leg extended behind her. She lands facing the opposite direction in which she began the leap.


4. The Switch Leap (or Change Leg Leap) (B)

In a switch leap, the gymnast pushes off the floor with her favored leg, swinging her non-favored leg briefly forward (to 45 degrees) before sharply changing legs mid-air, so that the favored leg swings forward to full extension in front and the non-favored leg moves to full extension in back. The apex of the leap is a full, 180 degree split with the gymnast’s good leg in front and bad leg in back, the hips square and the chest upright. During first portion of the leap, the gymnast’s favored arm extends out front and the non-favored arm extends out to the side (the arm in front should be the opposite of the leg in front). When the leg change occurs, the arm that is extended out front moves to the side, so that both arms are out to the side, parallel to the floor, while the legs are in full split.


5. The Switch Side (Johnson) (B)

The switch side is to the switch leap what the side leap is to the split leap, meaning that it adds a 1/4 turn before the apex of the leap. In a switch side leap, the gymnast pushes off with her favored leg, swinging her non-favored leg first forward (to at least 45 degrees), then back as the favored leg swings forward just like in the switch leap. However, in a switch side, the gymnast initiates a 1/4 turn as the leg change occurs, so that the apex of the leap is a full straddled split position, with the knees facing the ceiling and the chest upright. It’s important in the switch side to show an even, upright straddled split position at the apex of the leap with both legs at the same height, rather than a lopsided position with one leg higher than the other.


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I don’t know if this has been posted yet, but this explains all the new floor exercise rules for 2014

why in the fuck do they have to do arm movements into the corner like what the fuck does that do

 be the aaaartistryyyyyyyyy

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