As someone who has dreamed of doing a single cartwheel since I was in the fourth grade, I'm incredibly impressed with the gymnasts in the Olympics.
They're the best athletes in the world — period, end of story.
And the other day, I was looking at some uneven bars pictures and was like "holy shit."
The pictures really put it into perspective.
Nastia Liukin did the same at the 2012 Olympic trials.
Reddit user ikefalcon pointed out that this is actually normal:
They do that an infinite number of times in practice, often on purpose when they’re learning a release. That’s one of the safest falls you’ll ever see in gymnastics.
Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller says you should NEVER stick your arms out when falling, hence the belly flop:
You should never try to stop your fall or brace yourself by sticking your arm out. I learned this the hard way when I reached out my hands during a wayward uneven bar dismount, dislocating and breaking my left elbow just 10 weeks prior to the 1992 Olympic Trials. After that I never once tried to break falls with my hands.