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, summersault
a. a forward roll in which the head is placed on the ground and the trunk and legs are turned over it
b. a similar roll in a backward direction
2. an acrobatic feat in which either of these rolls are performed in midair, as in diving or gymnastics



a circus stunt and one of the most common elements of floor acrobatics and gymnastics. A somersault is a jump in which the heels are turned over the head as the body rotates in the air; it is executed without support. There are forward, backward, and side somersaults. Somersaults may also be classified as single or double.

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The game was developed by Fat Pebble and is published by Backflip Studios in partnership with Hasbro, Inc.
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I'm just so happy that we won this thing," Edwards said after doing his traditional victory backflip off his car.
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Though the footage was viewed only briefly under the trees at the raging Boost-sponsored Pink Motel party, early reports have Harmony slaying the Gilley kinker, Tommy lipsliding a 17 naked, Rattray landing the 540, Cole making a backflip, Drew frontside flipping 14, Greco ollieing 20, Paul Trep landing the Mariano dream, and Chet catching the blunt frontside flip like he never left the Bones Brigade summer tour.