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Cool Trick: Side Aerial — Sideways

By January 22, 2009

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Most gymnasts in the US learn a side aerial on floor in their second or third year of competition, but the majority don't take it to beam until several years later -- if at all. The margin for error on beam is so small, that unless an athlete has a very square (hips in line) aerial, she won't be able to stay on.

So, imagine the margin for error if you moved that beam aerial sideways? Having trouble visualizing it? Here's British gymnast Rhian Pugh performing it in 2005. It's pretty amazing. The strange part is, I believe both skills are worth the same value in the Code of Points. I think the side-side aerial is much harder.


January 27, 2009 at 6:39 pm
(1) ali says:

Wow! That looks impossible!!

February 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm
(2) Jay Holden says:

Your readers might enjoy the article I just posted entitled “What I Wish My Mom and Dad Would Say on Meet Day…” .

Thanks for doing something positive for gymnastics. Great blog!

June 28, 2012 at 8:02 am
(3) Gymnastics Party says:

After reading this article, I am going to recommend others to read it as well, since I know they will enjoy it as much as I did.

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