Beijing was one of the most successful Olympics ever for US gymnastics. The American women's team took the silver, with stars such as Shawn Johnson, Chellsie Memmel, Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone. Liukin and Johnson dominated the world in women's artistic, going 1-2 in the individual all-around and earning nine medals between the two of them.
On the men’s side, the US team had a spectacular meet to win bronze, even after losing former Olympic medalists Paul and Morgan Hamm to injury.
The Americans were less dominant in rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, but that doesn't mean the competition was any less fun to watch. Russia took charge in rhythmics, while China continued its amazing Olympic performance with two golds in trampoline.
About Olympic Gymnastics:It’s one of the most popular Olympic sports for good reason: the gymnastics competition featured incredible skills, feats of strength, balance and coordination, and near-perfect performances. Here’s more about the sport.
- What Is Olympic Gymnastics?
- Olympic Rules & Scoring
- Olympic Gymnastics Schedule
- Olympic Results
- 2008 Olympic Highlights Photo Gallery
- Learn Gymnastics
- Your Road to the Olympic Team
The Athletes:Gymnastics is full of great personalities – from the steely competitive concentration of Nastia Liukin, to the bubbly Shawn Johnson and the calm confidence of Chellsie Memmel. Find out more about the gymnasts who led the charge in Beijing, and catch up with the household names of the past: Mary Lou Retton, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, and many others.
- The Best Americans
- The Top International Competitors
- Beijing Medal Predictions
- What Happened to Your Favorite Gymnasts of the Past?
Gymnastics Gallery:Check out some amazing gymnastics shots showcasing flexibility, daring, incredible strength, and beautiful artistry.
Olympic Gymnastics History:Gymnastics has provided some of the most memorable moments in Olympic history (who can forget Mary Lou Retton winning the gold and Kerri Strug vaulting on an injured ankle?), and many controversial events too (such as Yang Tae-Young and Paul Hamm caught in the middle of a gold-medal debate).
- An Illustrated History of Gymnastics
- Past Olympic Medalists
- The Greatest Moments in Olympic Gymnastics
- The Biggest Controversies in Olympic Gymnastics History