Korbut Flip

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Two gymnastics skills are known by the name Korbut Flip. They are the same skill performed on two different apparatuses. Both are extremely difficult and were first performed internationally by the Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut.[1]

The skill can be performed on the uneven bars, where the gymnast, from a stand on the high bar, performs a back flip and regrasps the bar.[2] Korbut performed the move at the 1972 Summer Olympics, where it was the first backward release move performed on the uneven bars in international competition. In 1977, Soviet gymnast Elena Mukhina modified the flip by adding a full twist. The movement was later modified in the 1980s when it was performed towards the low bar; that is, the gymnast's flip takes place above the low bar. The Korbut Flip on uneven bars is no longer allowed in gymnastics competition because it involves standing on the high bar, a maneuver that is now illegal in the Code of Points, because of the risk involved in performing it.

The skill is also performed on the balance beam. The move is performed from a standing position and is landed in a straddled position on the beam. This movement has been modified to include twists and piked or tucked legs, and is performed in sequence with other movements.


  1. ^ "Korbut flip". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  2. ^ "Original Olympic Video". Retrieved 2011-04-29. 

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