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Double Layout and Double Double

November 6, 2010

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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    November 9, 2010 3:08 AM

    I love Murakami Mai’s third tumbling pass…very original!

  2. Emily permalink
    November 10, 2010 1:59 AM

    shouldn’t marukami be allowed to compete in tokyo becasue its the year before an olympics and it can be used as an olympic qualifier. Shawn johnson was only 15 when she won worlds and she wasnt 15 turning 16 that year she was 14 turning 15 yet she was allowed to compete in Rio 07 and won the AA, so shouldnt marukami be allowed to compete 2011?

    • November 10, 2010 6:59 AM

      Unfortunately, they got rid of that rule. Everyone born in 1996 has to wait until 2012 to compete as a senior. I believe that this is the reason they are having an olympic qualifier instead of just having gymnasts qualify at worlds, because 1996 girls can make a huge difference to some teams.
      I think it’s a very poor decision. World Championship experience is really important for the gymnasts, especially at such a young age.

  3. November 15, 2010 7:38 PM

    Priakhina was the first one to perform at least seven WAG skills but never got credit for them because she didn’t perform them at Worlds or Olympics. 😦
    Boguinskaia also perform successfully a couple of double-doubles before Silivas did.

    • November 15, 2010 7:39 PM


    • November 15, 2010 7:59 PM

      Silivas just did her double double in the right place at the right time. Boginskaya warmed it up during podium training at 1987 worlds, but didn’t compete it.

      I feel bad for Priakhina because she had so many crazy original skills for her time that she never had named after her. But were there really 7? I can think of 6.
      1. Double Double (Silivas)
      2. Gainer Rulfova (Only one to ever compete it!)
      3. Full twisting backhandpring beam mount (Zamolodchikova)
      4. Double Twisting Yurchenko (Baitova)
      5. Full twisting backhandspring bars mount (Gurova)
      6. Yurchenko 1/1 on back tuck 1/1 off (Is this named after anyone?)
      7. (?) Standing full was her other original skill, but that was already the Shishova.

      I wonder how they decided who to name certain skills after at 87 worlds. The DTY could’ve been the Baitova, Shushunova or Golea and the Gurova could’ve been the Priakhina or Gurova had Priakhina competed.

  4. Anon permalink
    November 14, 2013 9:18 PM

    I’ve read rumours that Tatiana Kim may have done the double twisting double somersault on floor in 1985 and that Elena Gurova may have done one in 1985. Whether or not they actually did is something I cannot say.

  5. Anon permalink
    November 14, 2013 9:18 PM

    oops, meant to say that Tatiana Kim may have done one in 1982 (not 1985).

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