International Gymnastics Federation names move after Michigan Olympian Sam Mikulak
Sam Mikulak's performance on the pommel horse didn't earn him a medal at the 2012 London Olympics, but his routine ensured his name will resonate across the sport for years to come.
"The pommel horse skill was something where I just pushed an old skill to the limits, and just made it more exciting and a little bit more interesting," Mikulak said in a press release. "Having that skill, the Mikulak, in the books forever is something that I can look back on and say that I made a difference in the world of gymnastics. This is one of my biggest honors and it just makes me happy to be a part of (the Code)."
The "Mikulak" is defined as a double scissor with a hop from one end of the horse to the other. The skill begins with forward leg swings and half turn of the body, but ends with backward leg swings. A typical scissor on the pommel horse is a skill where the gymnast performs a pendulum swing with both legs individually, changing sides of the horse at its peak.
Here is a video of Mikulak performing the "Mikulak":
The "Mikulak" is valued as a D skill on a scale from A to F, with F being the most difficult. The 2013-16 "Code of Points" has three scissor skills for pommel horse bearing individual gymnast's names, all with a D value, and it does not have any other single leg scissor skills that have greater than a D value.
Mikulak is the second U-M gymnast in program history to have a skill with their namesake, as Wayne Miller (1966-68) had a skill named after him on trampoline, which is a double back somersault with one and a half twists in the first and one and a half twists in the second.