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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 does seat drops and things like that, but it has got to the stage where he is learning somersaults and that is a white knuckle time.
The 20-year-old, whose highest scoring dive was a front four-anda-half somersaults tucked with a mark of 96.
In the MPL match played between Peter's side Bethlehem Vengthlang FC and Chanmari West FC on Tuesday, the 23- year- old midfielder celebrated his equaliser by performing a series of somersaults before falling backward and injuring his spinal cord.
Joshua Hunter, who attends Dudley College, took the 17/18yrs bronze medal and debuting his double straight somersault into double pike finish.
Joe tried really hard to be able to master the double somersaults and it has really been worth it "These days he finds it easy and has four in his latest routine.
She looked set to win her first world title after a reverse pike with 1 1/2 somersaults drew wild cheers from the smattering of Italian fans.
The 18-year-old survived a scare on Friday night, a poorly executed three-and-a-half somersault fifth dive drew scores of three, leaving him dangling dangerously in 16th, out of a cut of 18.
After a near-perfect compulsory set of dives Daley attracted a perfect 10, with Waterfield not far behind, for their back three-and-a-half somersaults to leave them 2.
Reds manager Dusty Baker was none too pleased about the somersaults, and some observers believe Chapman was showing up the Brewers with his acrobatics.
While she practices her kicks and somersaults, the actress regrets that she doesn't have the time to learn martial arts.
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Manager Avram Grant said: "I don't have a problem with his somersaults, I hope he has a lot of reason to do it again.

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