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The Graceful Sport Of Gymnastics
by: Allana Korbasti

People love to watch gymnasts perform their fluid and athletic movements, making it one of the most loved sports in the world. Many youths join clubs dreaming of being the next Olympic gold medal winner. People sit eagerly in front of their TVs to watch the competitions. Only a few of us can actually get up on a balance beam and perform graceful flips.

An ancient Greek exercise form is the basis for today's gymnastic events. Most competitions include both males and females. Men practice the parallel bars, rings, side horse, vaulting horse, horizontal bar, and floor exercises. The women do balance beam, vaulting horse, uneven bars, and floor exercises.

The men's events focus mainly on upper body strength. Rings are particularly difficult since the gymnasts need to perform certain movements while holding themselves up on suspended rings. Women's events also focus on strength, but agility and gracefulness often are more important. The balance beam often seems the most difficult since many of us would have trouble performing the movements even on the floor.

This competitive sport is very popular and desire for excellence at Olympics holds the pride of position that each team vies for. The performances of Russia, erstwhile USSR, Romania and United States are commendable. For the American public, past gymnastics gold medal winners have become country wide sweethearts and the best brand ambassadors of the sport - Mary Lue Retton for one.

This is a sport that needs to be taken up when you are very young. Parents need to take their children to clubs and classes early when their bodies are agile and flexible. These children can be molded and trained into good gymnasts. Most cities all over America have several gymnastics clubs that you can choose from. Some clubs offer classes that are just oriented towards fun, while some are more serious gearing children towards a professional life.

Another type of gymnastics that was introduced in recent years is rhythmic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics makes use of five objects: rope, ball, clubs, ribbon, and hoop. One gymnast can compete using all of the objects, or there can be teams of five. Only women compete in rhythmic gymnastic competitions, and it is fascinating and captivating to watch.

The trampoline has gained popularity in the field of gymnastics. In fact it has been such a hit that it is now part of the Summer Olympics. The competitors perform specific moves on the trampoline which the judges then rate.

Children start training to be professional gymnasts at a young age. They tend to reach the height of their performance abilities when they are in their late teens or early twenties. To be pros, these children end up devoting their lives to gymnastics and will train everyday of the week. If they get older and don't perform well, it can be a definite blow to their egos. After all, they've been working their whole lives to be the best.

Gymnastics is a beautiful and fascinating sport to watch, if you get an opportunity to see a competition live don't miss it. Watching the seemingly impossible movements for yourself is a great experience.

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