As one of the oldest and most participated in and watched sports globally, Artistic Gymnastics will captivate the audience with endless skill, power, flexibility and almost ‘flight-like routines!
The Men compete in six events and the Women compete in four, each in a specific ‘Olympic order’, as follows:
|For male gymnasts||For female gymnasts|
|1) Floor exercise||1) Vault|
|2) Pommel horse||2) Uneven Bars|
|3) Still rings||3) Balance beam|
|4) Vault||4) Floor exercise|
|5) Parallel Bars|
|6) Horizontal Bar|
Scoring for each event is based on the degree of difficulty, presentation skills, execution and precise movements.
A few interesting things to know:
- The Balance bean is only 10cm wide. Could you even walk along with it never mind somersault?
- In rings, at least one static strength move is required, but some gymnasts include two or three. Let’s start with a pull-up, shall we!
- At 4’8” Simone Biles can reach nearly twice her height (9’4”) during her floor routine. That is higher than 9 boxes of cornflakes stacked on top of each other, wow!
- The Olympics starts on the 23rd of July, with the Artistic Gymnastics competition starting the following day. You can view the full schedule here Artistic Gymnastics Schedule.