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#RoadToRio Series: Gymnastics at the Olympics

So ages ago on twitter I said I was thinking of doing a ‘road to rio’ series, and since there are now less that 100 Days ’til the games, I think now is clearly the time to get started on that!

Gymnastics became an Olympic sport in 1896 with the modern gymnastics movement, but for the first 32 years, only men were allowed!

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In the 1928 games in Amsterdam, women competed for the first time in Artistic Gymnastics. Artistic gymnastics is usually divided into Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics. Men compete on six events: Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and High Bar, while women compete on four: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise.

Fun Fact: Saudi Arabia proposed a bid for a men-only olympics in 2016!

Countries like Saudi Arabia must really work to allow female athletes to ‘freely participate’.
– IOC President Thomas Bach

Only women compete in rhythmic gymnastics, which was introduced into the Olympics in 1984’s Los Angeles games. Rhythmic involves the performance of separate routines with the use of five apparatus (ball, ribbon, hoop, clubs and rope) on a floor area.

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Trampoline is a relatively new discipline for both men and women, which was only introduced 3 cycles ago at the 2000 Sydney games.

So that’s a brief introduction to each of the disciplines, in the next post, we’ll take a look at Great Britain’s prospects this year which have been looking better and better!

Speak soon! ~ Bella 😉