TB: Handstands we love

Hello folks! It is international handstand day today and we made a selection of our favorite ones in the history of vaulting handstands.

Each member of our team suggested a few to add to the list, but we still want to know: What is your favorite handstand in the history of handstands? Send us your suggestions and we will add them to the list!


Wildegg (Austria) – The handstand to top all other handstands

This handstand is the ultimate handstand of all.

The first hand in hand handstand in the history of our sport was performed by Austrian squad RC Wildegg at the World Championships in Le Mans in the year of 2016.

A picture of it, taken by Andrea Fuchshumer, was also elected by our followers to the best vaulting photo of 2016.

Watch the video here:


Joanne Eccles (GBR) – One handed handstand

I don’t think that there was ever an individual athlete as dominant as Joey Eccles, and this handstand became one of her trademarks.

It even got turned into a T-Shirt when we launched our World Champions t-shirt collection.


Anne-Sophie Musset (France) – Backwards handstand

This handstand was the pick of Charlotte, one of our contributors here at Vaulting News.

Musset has been working on it for a while and it was present in her freestyle of 2015. She stopped vaulting after that season.


Megan Benjamin (USA) – Elbow handstand (or is it elbow-stand?)

Today, this elbow upside-down pose is pretty common, you see it all around, but I don’t remember seeing anyone doing it before Megan’s gold medal performance at the WEGs in 2006 (or I wasn’t paying attention, who knows).

But the fact is that to me this one is iconic. Megan was, and still is, an athlete of incredible flexibility and very precise. It is a pleasure to watch.


Lisa Wild (Austria) – Press to handstand

I once saw an interview with Lisa where she mentioned that her training consisted mostly of handstands. Although I am not sure how much that would be advisable, we have to recognise that her press to handstand on the horse is at least as remarkable as her backflip. And she did it both at her tech test and at her freestyle during the European Championships in Aachen.


Lukas Wacha and Jasmin Lindner – Hand stand over handstand

I don’t know if this is a matter of coincidence, or personal taste. But it is interesting to think about why there are so many Austrians on this list.

Anyway, Lukas Wacha and Jasmin Lindner’s trademark move also involves a handstand. In fact, two handstands.

This is the third TB we have featuring Lindner and Wacha, check out the first one and the second one,


Let us know which one is your favorite! Is there any other handstand that comes to your mind?

Happy handstand!


I am a 27 years old psychologist from Brazil, although I have graduated in psychology I work with media and communications, with a focus on data analysis. I am currently heading towards a master's degree at the London School of Economics (LSE). I am not vaulting anymore, but I did for over 10 years. As it very often happens in our sport, I never really left, I taught at a social project for a few years and have been working on VN since 2014.