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Facsimile of a Woodcut in "Exercises in Leaping and Vaulting," by A. Tuccaro: 4to (Paris, 1599).
Facsimile of a Woodcut in "Exercises in Leaping and Vaulting," by A. Tuccaro: 4to (Paris, 1599).

A somersault (sometimes somerset) is an acrobatic feat in which a person tucks in mid-air and moves the feet over the head. The somersault can be performed either forwards, backwards, or sideways and is similar to a flip (or, if performed backwards, backflip). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1386x1219, 44 KB)Somersaults. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1386x1219, 44 KB)Somersaults. ... High wire act Acrobatics (from Greek Akros, high and bat, walking) is one of the performing arts, and is also practiced as a sport. ... For other uses, see Foot (disambiguation). ... For other uses of the word head, see head (disambiguation). ...


The word originates from the obsolete French word sombresault. In Dgèrnésiais the word is buncho. Dgèrnésiais, also known as Guernésiais, Guernsey French, Guernsey Norman French, is the variety of Norman language spoken in Guernsey. ...


There are many variations of front and back somersaults. A back flip is commonly associated with back somersault, yet a backflip is technically a back handspring which uses the arms to sustain the person performing the move.


Other associated flips are:

  • Barani (Front Somersault with 180 twist)
  • Flash Kick (Back Somersault with legs split to represent a 'kick')
  • X-Out (Back Somersault with both legs kicking out so legs form a V shape)
  • X-In (Frontflip with legs at a V shape)
  • Gainer (Back Somersault whilst the momentum of the body is moving forward)
  • Backfull or frontfull (Backflip or frontflip with a 360 spin)
  • Barrelroll (Performing a Sideflip in a forward movement)
  • Loser (Front somersault but moving backwards from take off)
A somersault performed on a trampoline.
A somersault performed on a trampoline.
Animation of a Somersault
Animation of a Somersault


// In gymnastics and tricking, the flashkick is a type of backtuck or backflip. ... A full twisting layout, also called a full twist or a full is a gymnastics move similar to a piked full twist. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1278x475, 321 KB) A youth performing a somersault on a trampoline. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1278x475, 321 KB) A youth performing a somersault on a trampoline. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


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Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... Trampolining is a competitive sport in which gymnasts perform acrobatics while bouncing on a trampoline. ... The French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1839? - 1870), was the man who inspired the 1867 song The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (with lyrics by George Leybourne). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Backflip is a song by American singer Raven-Symoné, taken from her 2004 album, This Is My Time. ...

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Somersault - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (222 words)
A somersault (sometimes somerset) is an acrobatic feat in which a person tucks in mid-air and moves the feet over the head.
The somersault can be performed either forwards, backwards, or sideways and is synonymous with a flip (or, if performed backwards, backflip).
A back flip is commonly associated with back somersault, yet a backflip is technically a back handspring which uses the arms to sustain the person performing the move.
Somersault (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (308 words)
Somersault is an Australian independent movie, written and directed by Cate Shortland and released in September 2004.
Exploring the themes of teenage sexuality and emotion, Somersault is about a sixteen-year-old girl called Heidi (played by Abbie Cornish) who runs away from home for a short time to the ski fields of Jindabyne in New South Wales.
There she meets Joe (played by Sam Worthington), the son of a local farmer and she tries to form a relationship with him, despite his difficulty in expressing his emotions.
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