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** Gymnastics **

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This article is about competitive gymnastics in general. For a specific
form of gymnastics, see Gymnastics (disambiguation).
Daniele Hypólito on the Balance Beam at the 2007 Pan American Games

*Gymnastics* is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring
flexibility, balance and control. Internationally, all events are governed
by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). Each country
has its own national governing body (BIW) affiliated to FIG. Competitive
artistic gymnastics is the best known of the gymnastic events. It typically
involves the women's events of vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor
exercise. Men's events are floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings,
vault, parallel bars and the high bar. Gymnastics evolved from exercises
used by the ancient Greeks that included skills for mounting and
dismounting a horse, and from circus performance skills.

Other FIG disciplines include: rhythmic gymnastics, trampolining and
tumbling and aerobic gymnastics. Disciplines not currently recognized by
FIG include aesthetic group gymnastics, men's rhythmic gymnastics and
TeamGym. Participants can include children as young as 20 months old doing
kindergym and children's gymnastics, recreational gymnasts of ages 5 and
up, competitive gymnasts at varying levels of skill, and world class
athletes.

*Contents*

· 1 Etymology
· 2 History
· 3 International competitive gymnastics

· 3.1 Artistic gymnastics

· 3.1.1 Artistic events for women

· 3.1.1.1 Vault
· 3.1.1.2 Uneven bars
· 3.1.1.3 Balance beam
· 3.1.1.4 Floor

· 3.1.2 Artistic events for men

· 3.1.2.1 Floor
· 3.1.2.2 Pommel horse
· 3.1.2.3 Still rings
· 3.1.2.4 Vault
· 3


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnastics

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