ARTISTIC Gymnastics is exactly how it sounds. Far more than just a few somersaults, gymnasts turn the sport in to a real art form using strength, flexibility and skill.
Athletes compete for the best all-round, individual and team performances on each piece of apparatus.
Men tackle the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the horizontal bar.
Women perform on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and the floor.
Floor exercises are performed on a sprung floor – this helps the gymnast’s routine, giving bounce and protection when landing. The exercises last for approximately 90 seconds, and are accompanied with music.
Only used (or should it be rode) by men, this involves single and double leg work.
Points are deducted for a variety of reasons, including not passing through the handstand position when dismounting, not using all sections of the horse and pausing.
Like the horse, only used by men, the rings require considerable upper body strength. Exercises consist of swing, strength and hold elements, with the execution of these determining an overall score.
The vault is tackled by men and women, with speed and technique key to the performance.
Parallel bars are used by men only, and typical routines see a variety of swinging skills.
You’ll be able to see a mixture of multiple twists and flips on the horizontal bar and spins on the uneven bars.
The balance beam brings out the best in the gymnasts, with extremely diffIcUlt moves attempted.
- Artistic Gymnastics in London
The North Greenwich Arena (the O2) is hosting the Artistic Gymnastic events.
196 men and women will be competing in 14 different disciplines.
Look out for: the tears. Unfortunately, there’s always one gymnast whose routine does not quite turn out as they had hoped. And that’s their Olympic dreams shattered.
Not to be confused with: ballet, and nightclubs. Dancing (ish) and music. Why not?
Useless but informative fact: Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto broke his kneecap during his floor routine, but went on to perform on the pommel horse and rings to help his country secure gold at the Montreal Games in 1976.
Artistic Gymnastics in two words: power, poise.
Artistic Gymnastics start on Saturday 28th July and end on Tuesday 7th August.