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Gymnastics is a sport that combines flexibility, endurance, strength and agility. Athletes perform acrobatic skills, such as jumps, flips and turns, in a variety of different events to showcase their abilities. Currently, there are four types of gymnastics: rhythmic, artistic, trampoline, and acrobatic. On the Olympic level, gymnastics teams are made up of four athletes, often called gymnasts. While gymnastics is mostly performed individually, gymnasts compete both for individual and team awards in what are often called meets.


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What is gymnastics?

Gymnastics is a sport that combines flexibility, strength, endurance and balance. The athletes, known as gymnasts, perform exercises that display these traits in a series of different events. These events are often performed on pieces of gymnastics equipment, like the uneven bars, trampoline, still rings, balance beam and vault.

What is the history of gymnastics?

In Ancient Greece, the sport began as an attempt to keep citizens fit, as well as train soldiers for war. Various activities that had already been around were combined into one big sport. In 1774, the sport made further advancements with the creation of several pieces of equipment such as the parallel bars, balance beam, and pommel horse. Though it wasn't until 1896 when the Olympics first included gymnastics as a sport.

What are the types of gymnastics?

Gymnastics is a sport that includes many small subsections. Within the sport, there are four main categories: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics, and acrobatic gymnastics. Each category then has a handful of events. Artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are what the sport is most popularly known for, and what is showcased in the Olympics.

What are the 8 gymnastics apparatuses?

The 8 gymnastics apparatuses are:

  • Floor (men and women)
  • Pommel Horse (men)
  • Still Rings (men)
  • Vault (men and women)
  • Parallel Bars (men)
  • Horizontal Bar (men)
  • Uneven Bars (women)
  • Beam (women)

What age should you start gymnastics?

Gymnasts can start at a very young age. Gymnastics classes start as early as age 2.

Who are some famous gymnasts?

Some famous gymnasts include Simone Biles, Mitch Gaylord, Kohei Uchimura, and Nadia Comaneci.

Who created gymnastics?

Gymnastics was created in Ancient Greece to help Greek men maintain their physical fitness.


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