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Timeline of F and G Rated Skills

February 28, 2012

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

Shushunova: first preformed by Elena Shushunova, rated G
Full twisting double layout: first preformed by Tatiana Tuzhikova, 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

Def: first preformed by Snejana Hristakieva, rated G
Double twisting double tuck dismount: first preformed by Oksana Fabrichnova, rated F

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

Toe-on layout tkachev: first performed by Tatiana Nabieva, rated G
Piked Ricna: first performed by Becky Downie, rated F

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.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Hutch permalink
    February 29, 2012 10:05 AM

    Well, I think you’re making two different arguments here. One about difficulty and another about innovation. The open-ended code may not have seen the creation of a number of new “big skills” but it has seen an increase in prevalence of difficult skills. Case in point: the Amanar, Dos Santos, Patterson, 3.5 twist and Randi’s on floor, and handspring Rudi’s on vault just to name a few. The overall composition of routines for gymnast have become significantly more difficult.

    Also, I’ll argue that innovation has it’s own “demons” in every code (particularly on beam and bars). The bhs to 2+ LOSO and the punch front in the early 90s, the atrocious wolf jump combinations in the late-90s, and the front aerial to bhs to LOSO from 2001 on have all been eye sores (in my opinion) on their code.

    Every code has it’s faults and no code will be a perfect 10.0 (or should I say 17.200 [E: 10.000, D: 7.200]).

    • February 29, 2012 7:54 PM

      That is true. I think that in some ways, though, there are not as many big skills because the routines are so packed with difficulty. Overall, they are harder, there has not been a significant increase of difficult skills on all events. The exception here is vault, but that makes sense because there is no way to build up a difficulty score through many D and E elements and connection bonus.

      For example, look at how about one half of the soviet national team members were throwing full in beam dismounts in the late 80s and early 90s. Now, we are seeing tons of double pike dismounts in combination because it earns the same amount of points overall. There is no incentive to throw a full in, which is probably why the only gymnast I remember seeing it from in this quadrennium is Lexie Priessman (although I could be incorrect). We are seeing more Pattersons, though, so maybe this is not such a big deal. In particular, Komova’s bhs-bhs-patterson is a huge upgrade over her bhs-bhs-double tuck (.4).

  2. Hutch permalink
    February 29, 2012 10:08 AM

    oh…did I mention how much I dislike the leaps out of tumbling? It was amazing with Atler performed the double stag out of her DLO-punch front. Now, not so much.

  3. Jasmine permalink
    February 29, 2012 8:55 PM

    No new F or G skills since 2009? I can name two: The Nabieva and the Downie.

    • February 29, 2012 9:01 PM

      Haha, now I feel like an idiot for pulling a document off of my computer marked June 2010 and not adding those skills.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    March 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    “I have edited it a little bit, not to add new F and G skills, because unfortunately, there have not been any, but to put all of the skills in chronological order”

  5. March 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    I think that historically there are some timeline errors and omissions here, but I will just mention anomissions:
    BB – front 1/2 = Emilia Eberle (1980) [5.611 F -Salto fwd tucked with ½ twist (180°), take-off from both legs]

  6. Anonymous permalink
    September 5, 2013 2:43 AM

    I think that you are incorrect in one thing, Ecaterina Szabo, wasn’t the first to perform a full twisting double tuck, Elena Mukhina did it in the 1978 worlds

    • September 5, 2013 12:01 PM

      It’s not the full twisting double tuck, it’s the full twisting back tuck on beam. The full twisting double tuck is an E.

  7. Anonymous permalink
    April 8, 2014 7:47 AM

    Viktoria Karpenko(a) did an Arabian on beam as early as 1995.

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  10. Larisa permalink
    May 29, 2016 11:07 AM

    Thank you for this nice annotated listing! You may want to correct spelling of “performed” in most of those.

  11. Anonymous permalink
    July 8, 2018 9:38 PM

    Deliana Vodenicharova performed the double back piked with a full twist (beam dismount) in 1988, a year earlier than Kosuge.


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