3 Difficult Stunts Named After Successful Gymnasts

By Anthony K

Whether a beginner or a professional, gymnasts push their minds and body to perform seemingly impossible stunts or routines. People expect these athletes to have a lot of strength, agility, and flexibility. If a gymnast performs a talent at a significant international competition, such as the Olympics, the International Gymnastics Federation names the signature skill after them.

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Here are all the abilities that bear the names of the greatest gymnasts of all time, along with an explanation of why so few other gymnasts attempt them.

Simone Biles – Biles II (double backflip, triple twist):

Biles dazzled the crowd when she did two backflips in the air while simultaneously turning three times to execute this move. She needs to be lifted very high in order to finish all that tumbling in time, which takes a lot of effort and energy.

Very few athletes can reach Simone’s heights or speed, hence why not a lot of them attempt this move.

Victoria Moors – The Moors II (floor):

The gymnast must use tremendous strength during the double layout to reach the necessary height for flips and twists. That’s because the acting forces that operate when the athlete performs these stunts make them automatically bend their knees. Also, the layout position of this skill significantly enhances the difficulty.

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The gymnast must be very powerful to resist these pressures and maintain their position.

Simona Amanar – The Amanar

At the 2000 Olympic Games, Romanian gymnast Simona Amanar debuted the vault that would later take her name. She completed a back handspring onto the horse, a round-off onto the board, flip-off.

The stunts making up this combo are incredibly difficult to pull off on the horse, so the gymnast definitely deserved to get her name out there after doing this.