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Shang Chunsong of China performs on the floor during the women's qualifying round of the 45th Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning

You might have seen the sport or art of gymnastics a countless number of times on television or even through videos on the Internet. But did you know some of the thins a gymnast would need like qualifications, the costumes worn or even some of the earliest origins of the sport? Well if you haven’t, that’s alright, you have just come to the right page. 

Take a look at why gymnastics is considered to be a sport that demands perfection and the reasons why the sport is considered to be one of the toughest sports in the worlds of sporting events.

The Origins of Gymnastics !!

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Colombian gymnast Jossimar Orlando Calvo Moreno competes during the rings test in the Mexican Gymnastics Open, in Acapulco, Guerrero

In the early years, the ancient Greeks practiced a form of gymnastics that included stretching, swimming and running. History points out that gymnastics actually began in the 1700s. Friedrich Ludwig Jahn of Germany is generally considered of the father of gymnastics as he invented several pieces of apparatus, including the parallel bars and the balance beam both of which are used today.

In 1811, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn created a school to spread the word of the gymnastics sport far and wide. Around the same time, Guts Muth introduced a more rhythmic kind of gymnastics in Sweden. Dr. Dudley Allen Sargent is credited with bringing this sport to the United States around the time of the Civil War.

Gymnastic Kids !!

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Varsha of Haryana performs during 54th Junior Artistic Gymnastics National Championship at Gachibowli in Hyderabad

Studies conducted have shown that most of the professional gymnasts out there started their career at the age of two. In a  study conducted by the University of Minnesota, the average age of an American gymnast is 16. It was also said that a young athlete must begin a t a very young if they want to really become an elite gymnast.

Likewise in order to develop strength and skills and maximize the efforts of the training periods, a gymnast should preferably start training in the sport at pre-school age. Children aged between two and five who begin gymnastics will gradually develop fundamental movement skills and most importantly they will experience an upsurge in their levels of confidence. 

Women’s sport !!

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Nina Derwael of Belgium competes during the Women's Balance Beam final at the 11th FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Doha, Capital of Qatar

In the early days, women or girls weren’t allowed to participate in the Olympic gymnastics events until the Amsterdam games in 1928. Whereas the men had been competing in the sport ever since the 1896 Olympics. In today’s modern world there are eight different competitive gymnastics events, despite the fact that some of these events are still a little more gender specific.

During the summer Olympic games, only the women compete with each other in the balance beam and uneven bars. And the men participate in the parallel bars and pommel horse events. Today women’s artistic gymnastics is considered to be one of the most popular forms of Olympic disciplines.

Dedication is a must !!

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Tanigawa Kakeru of Japan competes during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar Final at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia

Any young individual aspiring to become a world-class gymnast must be prepared to allocate time between 20 and 30 hours each week for the gymnastic training. In simpler words, the training sessions would similar to a person working a full-time job.

Because of the strict nature of the discipline, an individual who has what it takes to become an Olympic gymnast must have exceptional abilities and physical skills by the age of 10, ie., if they wish to pursue gymnastics as a career which can only be achieved if they undergo the strict or intense gymnast training.

Gymnastics Attire !!

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Zhang Jin of China competes during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Final at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia

In today’s modern world, the usual attire for a gymnast would comprise of an outfit made of tight-fitting Lycra, which shockingly is very comfortable and also permits easy movement. Female gymnasts normally wear a leotard, garment named after the French acrobat and trapeze artist Jules Leotard, who was born in the year 1842. now while he wasn’t actually or directly responsible for the creation of the garment, the man did make it popular while performing with the Cirque Napoleon. 

Leotards subsequently evolved over the years, which in the early years was baggy and also unflattering garments worn by female gymnasts in the early 1930s and 1940s.

List of events !!

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Lee Chih Kai of Chinese Taipei competes during the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Pommel Horse Final at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia

In the Olympics, there are eight different competitive gymnastic events including the Floor Exercise, The Vault,  The Pommel, The Horse, The Rings, the Parallel Bars, The Horizontal Bars, The Uneven Bars, and The Balance Beam.

Rhythmic gymnastics competitions include The Ball, The Hoop,  The Ribbon,  The Clubs and  The Rope.

Trampolining and Tumbling events include the individualized and synchronized trampoline, double mini-trampoline and tumbling.

A Tough sport !!

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Kohei Uchimura of Japan performs on the vault during the men's team finals of the 45th Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning

A study conducted by the sports blog site Total Sportek ranked gymnastics as the fourth hardest sport in the world just a little right behind Rugby, MMA, and Boxing. During the Olympic games and World Championships, international elite of gymnasts competing at events perform increasingly difficult routines that require them to more power and also speed to be able to keep up with the pace of fellow gymnast competitors and become victorious over their gymnast rivals.

The Great ones !!

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Athletes (C) of Kazakhstan celebrates during the awarding ceremony for Rhythmic Gymnastics Team event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia

  • The first woman to ever win the Gymnastics competition was MARCIA Frederick.
  • The most decorated American gymnast of all time is considered to be Shannon Miller who won two gold medals and three bronze medals.
  • 16-year-old Mary Lou Retton won the 1984 Olympic gold medal in the Women’s All-Around event. She had a perfect performance on the vault and was the very first American Olympic competitor to win that event
  • 16 year Carly Patterson won the 2004 Olympic gold medal in the Women’s All-Around event. 
  • Nadia Comaneci and Nellie Kim Booth received perfect scores at the 1976 Summer Olympics held in Montreal, Canada. It also marked the first time any gymnast ever scored a perfect 10(which is usually hard) in a modern gymnastics competition.