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Also known as: flic-flac, flip-flop

Discipline: Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Sports Acrobatics, Tumbling

Event: floor, beam; balance, dynamic, or combined exercises; power tumbling

A back handspring is rated as an A-level skill on floor and a B-level skill on beam. It has a difficulty of 0.2 in tumbling. It is a flight movement and therefore illegal in rhythmic gymnastics.

To perform a back handspring, a gymnast jumps backwards from standing to a handstand and pushes off his/her hands to return to standing. In artistic gymnastics and acrobatics, especially on the beam, it is sometimes performed with take-off from on foot and landing one foot at a time (step-out). It is a common addition in backwards tumbling passes.

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