Double Layout and Double Double
Murakami Mai of Japan is the first gymnast to ever successfully compete both of these tumbling passes in one routine. She has also competed a 3 1/2 twist. She has the potential to be a superstar for Japan in the future if she upgrades bars. Unfortunately, she isn’t eligible until 2012, which means she misses Tokyo worlds.
I said this is the first time these tumbling passes were successfully competed in one routine because as I just discovered recently, they were attempted way back in 1987! Aleftina Priakhina of the Soviet Union unfortunately landed her double double out of bounds and pulled a Larson/Afanasyeva on her second pass. Her name is already in the record books of serious gymnastics fans for being the first gymnast ever to compete a double double, although it is named after Daniela Silivas in the code of points. The Soviets had the nerve to make the European Silver Medalist who had a double double, double layout, full in dismount on bars beam and floor, standing full and gainer rulfova on beam, full twisting backhandspring mount on bars and double twisting yurchenko and yurchenko full on tucked full off their alternate at 1987 worlds.