By Kara & Rachel
We always thought gymnastic was so easy but actually it's pretty hard, you always have to work hard and believe in yourself. Gymnastics is a sport where you do handstands, back handsprings, front handsprings, and more. In gymnastics, you do a lot of hard exercises on big pieces of equipment. There are difficult routines that require great skills. The person who invented gymnastics is Friedrich Jahn. Jahn started gymnastics clubs and events in the 1700's.
In the Olympics there are three different kinds of gymnastics events. Men and women will compete in Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline and only women compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics. In Artistic Gymnastics men use six pieces of equipment: Floor Exercises, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar. Women use four pieces of equipment: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercises. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a combination of dance and gymnastics. The gymnasts use ribbons, a rope, a hoop, a ball, or a club. In trampoline gymnasts do ten different tricks while bouncing on a trampoline.
In 1976, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci was the first artistic gymnast to score a perfect ten!
Olympic Gymnastics has changed over the years but Menís Artistic Gymnastics first became an Olympic sport in 1896 and Women's Artistic Gymnastics became an Olympic sport in 1928.
This page was last edited December 02, 2005.
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