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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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he's to He with somersaults Diane, 36, of Wardley, Gateshead, also mum to seven-year-old son Sam, said: "It was when he was out and about with nana that he came across trampolining.
The Mizoram footballer passed away at the Aizawl Civil Hospital, where he was admitted for five days, after injuring his spinal cord when his somersault went awfully wrong as he landed on his head.
Daley had also been unhappy with his opening dive - an armstand back triple somersault - in the preliminaries, but in the final he delivered and was awarded 94.
The move employed in the nationals was a double somersault with twist, which is difficult.
Klose, who has 14 finals goals, said: 'I think I can still do the somersault, but I do not want to as I want to be around in 2014.
While he failed to perfect the high scoring performance he will need to make the podium amid a strong field, he did show signs of his quality and a willingness to fight when he secured his highest score of the semi-final on his back three-and-a-half somersault - the dive he lost out on in the heats.
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The international performer takes to the trapeze bar every night at the Netherlands National Circus where he effortlessly propels himself through to the air to somersault in free flight.
VICTOR OBINNA has been told to somersault his way towards a permanent deal at West Ham.
Needing to record at least 5s on his forward 21/2 somersault to move past El Camino Real of Woodland Hills' Paul Joung, Birmingham of Lake Balboa's Martinez delivered on the 1-meter springboard, receiving a high score of 61/2 to secure his first City Section title Friday with 342.
Word History: If you pay attention only to its sound, somersault is rather puzzling, because going head over heels has nothing to do with summer or salt.
The Plymouth 14- year-old was up against it after his first dive - a backward twoand- a-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists piked - earned him 68 points to leave him 24th.