While the gymnastics fans on the IG Forum already were in a big discussion about the best sheep jumps ever and Rick recently mentioned the thread on GymnasticsCoaching, I stumbled accidentally over the following photos.
Compared to Fan Ye, Ksenia Semenova, Nastia Liukin or Ana Porgras, these two French gymnasts are no-names. But they have an amazing flexibility in the back and a great potential to do a perfect sheep jump if they keep their feet together, bring the head a little bit more backwards and the feet closer to the head. Mira Boumejmajen and Anne Kuhm recently won the meet between FRA-SUI-GER with their French junior team.
And here you can see what the CoP expects the gymnasts to do:
Well… is it only me or do also you think the illustrations on beam and floor look quite different?
And if you didn’t have enough yet – click through to the “Technique Tuesday” video on Gymnastike, in which a judge explains how to avoid deductions on the sheep jump.
UPDATE: As this post got a lot of feedback in the IG forum, I want to make clear two things:
1) When I wrote “they (should) keep their feet together, bring the head a little bit more backwards and the feet closer to the head” I was mainly speaking about Anne Kuhm. Mira Boumejmajen’s feet are definitely together and her eyes are looking at her feet. Whether she could bring her feet a little bit closer to the head or not is worth to be discussed.
2) Photos of “Fan Ye, Ksenia Semenova, Nastia Liukin or Ana Porgras” were posted in the thread. Whether they did a perfect sheep jump or not or whether their (or especially Nastia’s) sheep jumps should be awarded “no value” or not is debatable. So keep the discussion going!