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Takeoff - single arm
Germany's Ulrike Meyfarth employs the single-arm technique on her way to a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics. Notice how her left arm is tight to her body to avoid disrupting her vertical momentum.
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An alternate takeoff method is to only pump up your outside arm. This generally allows for
greater speed, but be careful that the non-pumping arm doesn’t move inside, shifting your
momentum and causing you to jump into the bar. Pumping both arms straight up helps keep your
body moving straight up. Young jumpers may want to try both the single- and double-arm
techniques to see which one works best for you.