Thomas salto

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The Thomas salto is an extremely difficult and dangerous move performed during the floor exercise in Artistic gymnastics. It is named after American gymnast Kurt Thomas.[citation needed]

Technical details[edit]

The Thomas salto consists of a 1 ½ salto backward in a tucked or piked position with 1 ½ twists or a 1 ½ salto backward in a layout (straight) position with 1 ½ twists.

The move is effectively banned for women as it was removed from the Code of Points following several serious accidents, most notably the paralysis of Elena Mukhina in 1980[1]. It remains a permitted skill for men as of 2013. The current Code of Points for all forms of gymnastics can be found at FIG Code of Points downloads.