No need to be afraid of
the Big Bad Wolf!
Awolf jump is a common skill on balance beam, but few gym- nasts perform it as well as Australian Lauren Mitchell (shown
at right), who won the silver medal on beam at the 2009 World
Championships in London.
Mitchell does an excellent wolf jump for two reasons. First, she
is a quick, springy jumper. In other words, she gets plenty of height
on her jump to fold completely into the wolf position. Second, she
is flexible enough to easily lift her front leg to her chest while
bending her back leg completely. These two actions form the
straight line evident in the photo.
If you are a beginner, practice your wolf jumps on the floor first.
Work on jumping high, then folding quickly into the wolf position
before opening for the landing. The more you practice, the less
you’ll be afraid of the wolf jump. In fact, you’ll start to like them!
COMPRESS Lauren Mitchell has created a straight line with er right leg and left lower leg
But she changed in Photo B!
Can you find 10 differences? B
Photo A is the original of
2009 World Champion
Bridget Sloan of the USA.
1. Rubber band missing on rightarm;2. Leftgrip strap has 3 stripes; 3. Rightgrip straploop missing; 4. Leftar m rubber band nottwisted; 5. Leftglove wrinkle
missing; 6. D o w el missing; 7. Extra ro w ofrhinestones onleo; 8. U S A missing on shoulder; 9. Loose hair missing belo w ear; 10. M orelighthairs above ear.
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