thepushyqueenofsluttown:

Gymnastics Skill Guide: The Church
Event: Uneven Bars
Skill Type: Same-bar Release
Skill Description: The Church is a Tkatchev variation in which the gymnast begins with a pike circle (feet on the bar, body piked at the hips while circling around the bar), lets go before vertical using her feet to push the hips up and forward (counterrotation) before traveling over the high bar backward in a piked position. Simply put, the Church is a piked Tkatchev done out of a pike circle (also called a sole circle) rather than a backward giant, or a toe-on piked Tkatchev. Named after British-American gymnast Shavahn Church.
Skill Value: E
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Gymnast Annika Urvikko from Finland, her fingernails painted in the colors of the national flag, chaos her hands before performing on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women’s qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (via Photo from AP Photo)

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Alexandra Raisman of the United States raises her hands before she competes on the uneven bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.
Detail of the hand of Alexandra Raisman of the United States before she competes on the uneven bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.
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Daiane dos Santos of Brazil competes in the uneven bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.
Bruna Kuroiwa Yamamoto Leal of Brazil competes in the uneven bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.