The Case of the Hellish Hook

In an earlier post, I described what Simone Biles’ feet look like when she’s vaulting. I found a photo that captures it.

I wonder how she can fix this? Maybe just concentrate a little harder? Or use a tool like flipping wings or some twisting belt rig that creates a similar effect so that’s all she has to focus on. ((fix those feet. fix those feet. fix those feet)).

She doesn’t have too far to go. Watching her vault from worlds, you can see that both feet start out pointed with a little overlap. As she twists, the bottom foot begins to hook severely around the top foot. The actual degree of crossing isn’t that bad. It’s that major hook-age that makes it looks much worse than it is.

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