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The Vaulting Table

(An Illustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics)


The Vaulting Table

Lu Huang (China) competes on the vault at the 2005 American Cup

© Jim McIsaac / Getty Images
In 2001, the vaulting horse was officially changed to this vaulting "table." Both men and women compete on it in the same manner; it no longer is turned lengthwise for men and widthwise for women.

Gymnastics officials, coaches and athletes have praised the new table because it allows the gymnast more space to place his or her hands, making it significantly safer than the old apparatus.

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