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Gymnastics - The Epitome of Sport

March 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 206

Gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympic sports which encompasses the three disciplines of Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline. These three disciplines are broken down further so within the 'artistic' set is the vault, floor exercise, the horse, still rings, parallel bars, high bar, uneven bars and the balance beam. In the vault event, a small trampoline called a trampet is also used in order to give the gymnast more lift. Both men and women compete in the vault and floor exercise events, but only men compete in the horse, still rings, parallel bars and the high bars, and only the women compete in the uneven bars and balance beam events.

The rhythmic disciplines involve far less apparatus than the artistic gymnastics do. In rhythmic gymnastics the rope, club (or baton), hoop, ball and ribbon are the only apparatus used. There is also a 'free' or floor routine which involves no apparatus. Rhythmic gymnastics is traditionally a women's only discipline, however recently more and more men are competing in this discipline.

The third and final discipline of gymnastics is done on trampolines. In this discipline the gymnasts perform aerobics whilst bouncing on a trampoline. There is the individual event where gymnasts compete on their own. The synchronised event where a pair of gymnasts perform on two trampolines whilst doing the same routine in sync with their partner. Tumbling involves a small trampet where the gymnasts will perform highly complex routines within a single jump from the trampet before landing on a mat. Seeing as trampolines in their modern form were only invented in the 1930's, this is by far the most recent discipline in the sport of gymnastics, whereas the artistic and rhythmic disciplines hail from the original Olympics of ancient Greece.

Former events with the spectrum of gymnastics which are no longer part of the Olympics or Commonwealth Games are the rope climb, where the competitor had to climb a length of rope using only their arms and were judged on both speed and style. Another event which is no longer practised is the flying rings. Similar to the still rings so far as the routines and aerobics are concerned, however on the flying rings, the competitor must be swinging rather than stationary.

Gymnastics, regardless of the discipline or event in question is going to be one of the most highly attended events at the upcoming London 2012 Olympic games this summer. The sport's popularity is not surprising as it is visually spectacular and the agility and strength of the participating athletes is nothing short of mind boggling. These athletes really are amongst the most dedicated and disciplined athletes in the whole spectrum of events.

Carl Liver

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