Often a crowd favorite in women’s gymnastics, the uneven bars demand excellent upper-body strength, split-second timing and an aggressive approach.

The entire routine should flow from one movement to the next without pauses, extra swings, or additional supports. The most daring parts of the routine are often in the high-flying release moves and dismounts. Release moves can go from low bar to high bar, from high bar to low bar, or from releasing one bar and re-grasping the same bar. Many gymnasts also use pirouetting into release moves to earn a high difficulty value. Exact hand-stand positions are expected with large deductions for even minor deviations. It requires courage and precision to be able to release and re-grasp the bars. Perfect form, straight body lines in the vertical position and a stuck landing are essential to performing well.