Definition of handspring in US English:



  • An acrobatic jump through the air onto one's hands followed by springing onto one's feet.

    • ‘When I was blasted off my feet, I put my hands up and did a handspring forward so I wouldn't get knocked down.’
    • ‘Danielle landed perfectly from a series of back handsprings along the trampoline strip.’
    • ‘However, the front handspring went awry, resulting in a 1 1/4 front to her collarbone.’
    • ‘Zamolodchikova worked aggressively on balance beam in her trademark style, adding a new full-twisting back handspring, back handspring, layout stepout, and back tuck to Rulfova.’
    • ‘Maria Teresa Gargano performed consecutive one-armed back handsprings on beam, but missed her tucked full on that event.’
    • ‘Sun Xiaojiao of China earned the day's high score, with a routine that included a one-arm back handspring, back handspring, layout to two feet.’
    • ‘Rice said she felt the vault was extremely suitable for the Yurchenko-style vaults, where the gymnast does a round-off onto the board and a back handspring onto the horse.’
    • ‘Even if your past doesn't include standing back tucks, handsprings and split jumps, they can be part of your future.’
    • ‘Cuba's Roche did a ‘two and a half handspring, ‘the first time ever this vault has been done at an official competition.’’
    • ‘Sirobaba fell on an Arabian double front and 2 1/2 punch front during her routine, but later repeated the Arabian double front and also stuck a front handspring, double front.’
    • ‘Uzbekistan's Oksana Chusovitina, who is scheduled to compete in Wednesday's vault event final, trained a handspring, tucked full-twisting front.’
    • ‘Sarah effortlessly did three front handsprings in a row before landing on her feet and flying down the rugged path through the forest.’
    • ‘He then spun into another sweep, and kicked my left foot out from underneath me. sensing that I was falling, I put both my hands down, and jumped into a back handspring.’
    • ‘I was on the TumbleTrak and I was like, ‘I wonder if I can do a back handspring on my head?’’
    • ‘Some are performing backflips and handsprings in the shade; others are stretching one by one the kind of shoulder muscles that have their own shoulder muscles.’
    • ‘Though Dmitry Kasperovich is suffering from an injured leg, he continued vaulting until he successfully completed a handspring double front-half and Tsukahara double back.’
    • ‘Blanik, who finished third on the event at the 2000 Olympics and second at the 2002 Worlds, scored a 9.875 in Glasgow for his piked handspring double front.’
    • ‘In the vault, for instance, she performed the Tsukahara, a sideways handspring with back somersault which, until recently, was only ever executed by the men.’
    • ‘Instead, I composed myself and did a handspring into a one-handed cartwheel.’
    • ‘I could have done handsprings and cartwheels down the aisles without hitting anybody.’