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  • Writer's pictureKensley Behel

Understanding Men's Vault Part 2 (2022 - 2024 CoP)

It's no secret that men's gymnastics has historically had less coverage and less information on understanding the sport than women's artistic gymnastics. We are here to change that.

This series is on understanding men's vault. If you missed Part 1, I suggest that you start there!


In 2022, the FIG made some radical changes to vault families. Historically, the vault entry (i.e. Yurchenko, front handspring, etc.) determined the vault family. That is no longer the case. For example, a gymnast used to be able to perform a yurchenko vault and a yurchenko 1/2 on vault as they were from two different families. Currently, all Yurchenko vaults are grouped together in one category.

On the flip side, front handspring vaults have been separated into two categories, one with a single flip and complex twists, and the other with a salto.

This change allowed world champion, Artur Davtyan, to perform a Dragulescu (handspring double front 1/2 out) and a Randi (handspring with 2.5 twists) in event finals.


For the 2025 - 2028 code of points, the FIG is considering moving back to five vault groups rather than the four that exist now. The proposed changes are as follows:

"1. Single salto vaults with complex twists

2. Handspring vaults with or without simple twists, and all double salto fwd.

3. Handspring sideways and Tsukahara vaults with or without simple twists, and all double salto bwd.

4. Yurchenko with twists (New)

5.Yurchenko with saltos (New)"

Article by: Kensley Behel


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