Aerial double-double nailed, then named for Canadian gymnast
Move formerly known as layout double-double named after Surrey, B.C., born Victoria Moors
A B.C.-born athlete has created a new move in the world of women's gymnastics and added a new level of difficulty to elite competitions.
Victoria Moors, who was born in Surrey and now lives in Cambridge, Ont., was the first female gymnast to perform a floor routine element formerly known as a "layout double double" in a world-level competition earlier this month.
Now, the 16-year-old gets to have the manoeuvre named after her, according to a decision on new women's elements issued by the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique Thursday.
The FIG described the floor exercise move as a "double salto backward stretched with 2/1 twist (720⁰)."
Kyna Fletcher, the national team director for Gymnastics Canada's women's artistic program, said the Moors move is a difficult set of twists and turns during a backflip.
"They're jumping off the floor and fully stretched, flipping backwards with a full twist in the first and the second flip."
Fletcher said Moors had been working on the new move, which is already a staple in men's gymnastics, for a couple of years.
"For Victoria, she's a natural flipper, and a natural twister. She has springy, springy legs," Fletcher said.
But the move is so difficult, it has created a new category for women's gymnastics. Difficulty is generally ranked from letters A to H — this move rates an "I."
In Moors' first try at the World Championships in Antwerp, she fell to her knees trying to complete it.
But in a later routine, she stuck the landing — to wild applause.
With files from the CBC's Lisa Johnson