Successful vaults come from mastering certain vaulting components along with personal power.  These components are:

  • running
  • the hurdle
  • board contact
  • a first flying phase
  • table repulsion
  • a second flying phase

Lack of power or poor technique in any of these vaulting components can result in costly mistakes.  Notice how this athlete’s hand is still on the table beyond the vertical.  He should be in the air already.

This second gymnast manages to land his Kasamatsu full.  To achieve more twist in their second flying phase, both gymnasts need an earlier repulsion.