Timeline of F and G Rated Skills
Skills rated F and G in the code of points are usually considered extraordinary by gymnastics fans. D skills are requirements (as dismounts) on three events, and E skills are necessary for all of the top gymnasts in the world, but it is those F and G skills that really set a gymnast apart.
I found a word document on my computer, created June 10, 2010, with a list of F and G skills, listed by event and the year that they were first performed.
This supports the argument that the open-ended code of points does not encourage extreamly difficult skills, it encourages lots of easier (but still difficult) skills done in combination.
Double layout, first performed by Stella Zakharova, rated F
- There is no video of Zakharova’s double layout. The first video I have seen of a female gymnast performing a double layout is Mary-Lou Retton in 1982.
Tucked barani on beam, first preformed by Cristina Grigoras, rated F
Double front beam dismount, first preformed by Cristina Grigoras, rated F
Full twisting double tuck beam dismount, first preformed by Jiang Wei, rated G
“Ma”: first preformed by Ma Yanhong, rated F
Full twisting back tuck: first preformed by Ecaterina Szabo, rated F
Triple twist dismount: first preformed by Oksana Omelianchik, rated F
Double twisting double tuck: first preformed by Aleftina Priakhina, rated G
Tucked full mount: first preformed by Kelly Garrison-Steves, rated F
Counter kim: first prefromed by Kim Gwang Suk, rated F
Full twisting double pike dismount: first preformed by Mari Kosuge, rated G
Full twisting back layout on beam, first performed by Olesia Dudnik, rated G
- Olesia bent her knees a little bit on her layout full. The first true layout full that I have seen came from He Xuemei in 1993.
Triple back tuck dismount: first preformed by Svetlana Kozlova, rated G
Gaylord: first preformed by Mo Huilan, rated G
Bruno Grandi’s first year as president of the FIG
Arabian: first preformed by Lindsay Wing, rated F
Double arabian dismount: first preformed by Cory Fritzinger, rated G
Double twisting double layout dismount: first preformed by Elise Ray, rated G
3.5 twist: first preformed by Carmen Ionescu, rated F
Gainer triple twist dismount: first preformed by Svetlana Khorkina, rated F
Piked double Arabian: first preformed by Daiane Dos Santos, rated F
Layout double Arabian: first preformed by Daiane Dos Santos, rated G
Arabian mount: first preformed by Tina Erceg, rated F
The first year with an open-ended code of points (no new skills)
Toe-on tkachev ½: first preformed by Beth Tweddle, rated F
Full twisting layout mount: first preformed by Natsumi Sasada, rated G
There are, of course, some skills that have been attempted and certainly would receive F or G ratings that are not in the code of points because they have not been performed in a world championships or an olympic games. A few examples of these skills are the 1 1/2 twisting double tuck, the double twisting double pike, the double layout half out and the gaylord II.
Still, we can see that there has not been much innovation since the open ended code of points has been in place.
If you have seen any skills before the dates listed here, please comment below.