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(September 24, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Gymnastics is a sport of strength and grace. Gymnasts must not only be in excellent shape to perform the moves that make the sport famous, they must also be graceful and elegant enough to make the extreme feats seems simple. Gymnastics is a sport for everyone, but only a few gifted athletes make it to the professional level.

Professional Gymnasts

As far as most of the world is concerned, professional gymnastics climaxes at the Olympics. Every four years the best gymnasts and other athletes from around the world come together to compete. There are two kinds of gymnastics that compete at the Olympics, artistic and rhythmic.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics does not get as much attention internationally as the more athletic artistic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics have more focus on the visual aesthetics of the movements and are often aided by an apparatus such as ball, ribbon, hoops, club or rope on the floor mat. The gymnast does not use the vault or bars seen in artistic gymnastics, but rather does a complex floor routine focused on rhythm and motion. Traditionally rhythmic gymnastics was a female sport, but recently Japan has begun working toward a male rhythmic program.

Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic gymnastics could be termed athletic gymnastics. This is the sort of athlete we’re used to seeing flipping, jumping and flying through the air. The gymnasts, both male and female, that participate in this event are in outstanding condition and are often rather small and compact. Much of the exercises in artistic gymnastics involve tucking and balance, so smaller frames are more ideally suited – although some gymnasts are taller.

Artistic gymnasts compete on four events.

Vault – The vault is essentially a table at the end of an 82 foot runway. To vault, you race down the runway, jump onto the springboard, touch the vault and use the vault to propel yourself into the air for a grand landing. In 2002, a new vault was used in competition that is safer than the previous one. This new vault has made all kinds of new and more dangerous jumps possible.

Uneven Bars – The uneven bars are two parallel bars that are, well, uneven. One is higher than the other. The gymnast flips and spins around and between the bars. The more difficult (and dangerous) a routine, the higher the score can be if the routine is done well.

Balance Beam – The balance beam is a sixteen foot long beam raised four feet off the ground. It is only four inches wide, so gymnasts must balance carefully as they roll, dance, spin and jump on it.

Floor – The floor is perhaps the safest of the four events. It is simply a large squishy mat used for running flips and flops. A floor routine usually has a combination of tumbling, dancing and jumps. It is also set to music which makes it upbeat and peppy.

I have a great deal of respect for gymnasts. I was never very good at gymnastics myself, but those girls have always awed me with their abilities and how strong they are. Coming from someone who can barely do a somersault – gymnasts, you rock!


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Blondie_30

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 6, 2007
GYMNASTICS ROX
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mfrana

19/Female
IA
Posted On: November 2, 2007
i used to take gymnastics lessons when i was 4 but i quit so i could take icskating, then when i was about 8 i started taking lessons again for about 2 years, it made me more flexible and alot stronger which really helped in iceskating because i was starting to learn some of the harder jumps like the axel and double salchow. i think i might do gymnastics again this winter because they have it at school now.
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Chocolate95

23/Female
Virginia Beach, VA
Posted On: September 29, 2007
gymnastics is fun i even went out of the country to spain we got in third but i didnt care much of that cuz i knew the sport wuz a total great expirience
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Italian_Shorti

107/Female
Claymont, DE
Posted On: September 29, 2007
i do gymnastics...and cheerleading.

i think im pretty good.

not trying to sound conceited though.

but its ton of fun.

i reccomend it to anyone! =]
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CaptinJack

22/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: September 28, 2007
I love to watch it. But personally, I love dance much more than gymnastics. great article :-)
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: September 28, 2007
I REAKKY WANTED TO DO GYMNASTICS BUT WHEN THE DAY CAME 4 ME TO GO WE DIDNT HAVE A CAR SO I COULDNT GO...AND GYMNASTICS LOOKED REALLY FUN TO DO....TO ALL THOSE WHO HAD OR HAVE GMYNASTICS....U GUYS R LUCKY
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beach_baby_97

24/Female
Posted On: September 27, 2007
i love gymnastics and bars and beam and floor are my fave events!
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: September 27, 2007
i used too. but now i play soccer!!!
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Knewgirl

23/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: September 26, 2007
I loved this Article... I used to be on the School Gymnastics team... but never made it to the comps because I couldn't do the vault very well(stupid shortness) but I miss it... oh well.

Toddles,

Knewgirl
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sparcle9

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: September 25, 2007
i DID do cheer wich is pretty the same thing except we do ALL of that sorta stuff and not just SOME of it.dunno if i gonna sign up again...if the person up in the stunt falls...its mee who gets broken bones...OWWWWWW!
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its_skiz_not_s

20/Female
Germany
Posted On: September 25, 2007
Ew....

Too girly.
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: September 25, 2007
i suck at gym[nastics and PE] but i have a friend who has been doing it before i moved here about 7 years ago and another friend back home[georgia] who's probably gonna make it to the olympics.
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nixy_noodles

22/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: September 25, 2007
I did gymnastics in Infant school. I don't do it anymore.

Cool Article

-Nikki
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sexciii_baby

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: September 25, 2007
i go 2 gymnastics and won 5 medels woo mee lol
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: September 25, 2007
You call it Gymnastics? In my language, it's called 'turnen'

Anyway, nice article. I like watching gymnastic performances, can't do it myself.

_#Izzy (needs a new, even weirder nickname) the Blue Whale#_
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