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How to Do a Gymnastics Split
Easy steps and stretches to help you learn how to do the splits.
10 Gymnasts to Keep Your Eye on for the 2016...
These are the up-and-coming American gymnasts to watch for Rio 2016 -- and the world championships before. Simone Biles, two-time world all-around champion, is tops on the list.
How to Do a Gymnastics Back Flip in 5 Easy Steps
A step-by-step instruction of how to do a back flip -- how to learn a tucked back salto in gymnastics.
How to Do a Center Split in Gymnastics
Step by step stretching instructions for how to do a center split in gymnastics.
The 7 Types of Gymnastics
There are seven different kinds of gymnastics -- do you know them all? From artistic gymnastics to rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline -- here's what you need to know.
How to Get Started Learning Gymnastics
Learn how to do gymnastics tricks and skills such as a back flip, handstand, back walkover, and split.
Your Handy Introduction the Sport of Gymnastics
What is gymnastics? Find out all about gymnastics -- the best gymnasts, the different types, and much more!
How to Do a Back Walkover in Gymnastics
Back walkover -- find out how to do a back walkover in gymnastics. Your step-by-step guide to a gymnastics back walkover.
How to Do a Perfect Gymnastics Handstand
Learn how to do a handstand or improve your handstand in seven easy steps.
Where to Buy Leotards for Gymnastics
The simplest ways to find great gymnastics leotards -- at your gymnastics club, online, at a local boutique
How to Do a Bridge in Gymnastics
Learn how to do a bridge stretch to help you with back walkovers, front walkovers, back handsprings, and to increase your shoulder and back flexibility.
6 Vintage Photos of Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton Photos: Retton became a household name in 1984 when she won the Olympic all-around title.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
How to Find the Right Youth Gymnastics Club
How to find the right gymnastics club, what to wear, and the equipment you'll need to get started in gymnastics.
25 Signs You Used to Be a Gymnast
Can't quite throw away your leotards? Still use perfect form when you do conditioning? Frustrated when other people don't know gymnastics? Yep, you're a former gymnast.
5 Types and 5 Phases of a Vault in Gymnastics
Vault: The phases of a gymnastics vault, the types of vaults being performed competitively, and the gymnasts proven to be the best vaulters in the world.
Meet the US Olympic Gymnastics Teams
American Olympic gymnasts and Olympic gymnastics teams from 1936-2012 -- including Shannon Miller, Mary Lou Retton, Gabby Douglas and many more.
How to Choose the Gymnastics Grips That Are...
Gymnastics grips: Find out if you need gymnastics grips, how to break them in and care for them, and the most popular gymnastics grip brands.
The 9 Greatest Moments in Olympic History
From Olga Korbut's back flip on bars to Nadia Comaneci's perfect 10 and Kerri Strug's clutch vault, find out the greatest moments in Olympic gymnastics history.
7 Truly Terrible Leotards
In honor of ugly leotards everywhere -- and the poor gymnasts forced to wear them -- we present seven of the most terrible leotards we could find.
How to Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here's how to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
You Know You're a Gymnast When...
Gymnasts are a unique breed -- here's how you know you're one of them. Hint: It involves a LOT of chalk, leotards, and some insanity.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
How can I beat a gymnastics mental block?
Tips for beating a gymnastics mental block. Scared of a skill? Here's how to get past that.
Who Are the Best Floor Workers in the World?...
The gymnastics floor: the types of moves being done on floor exercise, and the gymnasts proven to be the best on floor in the world.
10 Things No One Should Give Up Because of...
Gymnastics is not life, despite what the t-shirts say. Gymnastics can be very, very important to children and parents alike -- just make room for these things in addition to gymnastics.
10 Gorgeous Gymnastics Photos
Beautiful gymnastics pictures from some of the best gymnasts in history -- from Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas to Alexei Nemov and Kohei Uchimura.
Gymnast: Elizabeth Price
A bio of American gymnast Elizabeth Price, an alternate to the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team
Olympic Gymnast: Sam Mikulak
Bio of Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak
Four Highs -- and Four Lows -- from the 2014...
There were four awesome things from the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships: Oklahoma and Florida winning, Shapiro earning second on bars, and Grable winning two titles. But it wasn't all spectacular -- there were four major disappointments as well.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
The Top 6 American Gymnasts of All Time
From Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin to Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles -- these are the best gymnasts the US has ever produced.
The Top 5 Male Gymnasts of All Time
From current superstar Kohei Uchimura to past legends Vitaly Scherbo, Alexei Nemov and others, we rank the best male gymnasts of all time.
Motivational Quotes for Gymnasts -- from Famous...
Inspiring gymnastics quotes from Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Nadia Comaneci, Svetlana Boguinskaya, and many more
The Biggest Controversies in Olympic Gymnastics
From the ongoing age limit debate of the Chinese gymnasts, to the doping scandal with Andreea Raducan and arguable wins of Tatiana Gutsu and Dimosthenis Tampakos, find out the biggest controversies in Olympic gymnastics.
American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904
American Olympic gymnasts from 1904-2008 on the men's side.
Dominique Moceanu
Find out what 1996 Olympic Champion gymnast Dominique Moceanu is doing now that she's an adult. Page 8.
All-Around
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
Gabby Douglas Photos
Gymnastics photos of Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas
The Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
Shannon Miller
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Shannon Miller is doing now, after winning Olympic gold in 1996. Page 7.
How to Treat a Gymnastics Rip
How to treat a gymnastics rip -- from cleaning it to making a tape grip, here's how to take care of your rip.
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
The Lowdown on Legendary Coach Bela Karolyi
All about gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and his wife Martha -- the coaches of Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug
Olympic Gymnastics: Women's Gymnastics Rules...
All about the new gymnastics rules (Code of Points) in women's gymnastics and what to watch, as a spectator, to really enjoy Olympic gymnastics
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
Mary Lou Retton
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton is doing now. Page 4.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Women’s...
All about the equipment and the competition in Olympic women's gymnastics
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
Olympic Gymnastics: Trampoline Rules &...
All about the complex scoring system of Olympic trampoline. Here's how to understand the rules and enjoy watching the sport.
The 5 Best Post-Workout Snacks for Gymnasts
Figuring out what to make after a gymnastics workout is a constant challenge. Here are five healthy and tasty ideas.
Fascinating Facts about Nadia Comaneci
Nadia Comaneci profile: Considered the Queen of Gymnastics, Comaneci is a world and Olympic champion, and is best-known for scoring the first perfect 10.0 in Olympic competition.
The 13 Faces Every Gymnast Makes
Gymnastics is the best sport in the world...when it's not the worst. Here, the faces every gymnast makes on a regular day in the gym or in competition.
The Latest on Gabby Douglas' Comeback
Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas is back training, working toward a comeback for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Can she do it? We have the latest news, as well as the challenges and opportunities she may face.
Gymnast: Chellsie Memmel
Chellsie Memmel won two world gold medals in 2003, and was the 2005 world all-around champion. After battling through injuries she's back and hoping to win Olympic gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Find out more about her gymnastics career, her life, and the cool skills she performs.
Bars: Everything You Need to Know About Uneven...
The uneven bars, the types of moves being done on gymnastics bars, and the gymnasts proven to be the best bar workers in the world.
Why Simone Biles is One of the Most Talented...
Simone Biles had a massively-successful rookie season in gymnastics, winning the world all-around title and U.S. national title. Now, she's still one of the best gymnasts in the world -- and may be unstoppable going into the Rio Olympics.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
The basics of men's artistic gymnastics: the apparatus used, who to watch, and the scoring and history of the sport.
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
Nadia Comaneci
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Nadia Comaneci is doing now, after being the star of the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Page 2.
1992: Tatiana Gutsu Narrowly Wins Over Shannon...
Gymnasts Shannon Miller, Tatiana Gutsu and Lavinia Milosovici prepare to receive their medals at the 1992 Olympic all-around final in gymnastics. Find out why this all-around competition caused a lot of controversy at the time. Page 2.
Simple Ways to Eat Healthier as a Gymnast
You spent a lot of time training to be the best gymnast you can be. Tweak your eating habits and you'll feel better in the gym -- and perform better too!
Male Gymnasts to Watch for the 2016 Rio Olympics
The male gymnasts, like Danell Leyva and John Orozco, to watch for for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Olga Korbut
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Olga Korbut is doing now, after being the star of the 1972 Olympics.
When should my kid start serious gymnastics...
Find out when a gymnast should start more serious gymnastics training.
Meet Olympic Champion Gymnast Gabby Douglas
Gymnast Gabby Douglas -- a bio of Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas, the first African-American gymnast to win the Olympic all-around title, and the first US gymnast to win both the team and all-around gold medals at an Olympics.
Gymnast: Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin was the 2008 Olympic gymnastics all-around champion, and racked up an amazing number of wins in the all-around, uneven bars and balance beam.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
Gymnast: Alicia Sacramone
Find out all about Alicia Sacramone's gymnastics accomplishments, cool skills, and her life outside the gym, and get pictures of Alicia Sacramone.
The Olympic Gymnastics All-Around Medalists
The Olympic all-around medalists from 1952 (the first year women's all-around competition was held), through 2012.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
Gymnast: Jaycie Phelps
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
Yvonne Tousek (Canada) on beam
Yvonne Tousek of Canada performs on beam at the 2000 Olympics. Page 3.
Monette Russo (Australia) does a Rulfova...
Australian gymnast Monette Russo on the balance beam performing a Rulfova flip. Page 10.
Balance Beam: Everything You Need to Know
The gymnastics balance beam, the types of moves being done on balance beam, and the gymnasts proven to be the best beam workers in the world.
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
6 Signs it's Time to Take a Break from Gymnastics
Many, maybe even all, gymnasts have felt burned-out at some point. Here are six surefire signs you should consider taking a step back from gymnastics.
4 Things to Know About Olympic Legend Kerri Strug
A bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, the gymnast who hurt her ankle on the final vault to help win the Olympics for the American team.
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
10 Awesome Celebration Shots...and the Stories...
You'll smile -- we promise. These photos make it impossible not to. Check out our 10 awesome celebration shots of gymnasts from Alicia Sacramone to McKayla Maroney.
David Eaton (Great Britain) does a high-flying...
A photograph of British gymnast David Eaton competing on the high bar. Page 11.
Olympic Gymnastics: Rhythmic Gymnastics Rules &...
All about the new gymnastics rules (Code of Points) in rhythmic gymnastics and what to watch, as a spectator, to really enjoy Olympic gymnastics.
Rhythmic Gymnastics
In rhythmic gymnastics, gymnasts use equipment such as hoops, balls, ropes, clubs and ribbons to perform leaps, jumps and other moves. It's an Olympic sport under gymnastics.
What You'll Want to Know About Bridget Sloan
A bio of US Olympic gymnast and University of Florida gymnast Bridget Sloan: her accomplishments in and out of the gym, pictures, and more.
20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should Do Gymnastics
Gymnastics coach Anne Josephson shares the reasons every kid should try gymnastics -- and they have nothing to do with the sport itself.
1988: US Team Docked .5 of a Point
A photograph of the gold, silver and bronze medal winning gymnastics teams at the 1988 Olympics. The US team was deducted .5 of a point for a technical violation, causing them to miss out on a medal, and stirring up one of the biggest controversies in Olympic gymnastics.
8 Gymnastics Strength Workouts That Are...
Nobody loves gymnastics conditioning -- but there are plenty of ways to make it a lot more fun. Here are our favorite gymnastics strength training routines.
Rudi
What a rudi in gymnastics is -- the definition of the move rudi
Common Balance Beam Skills
Ten common balance beam skills or moves you'll see gymnasts do in the Olympics. From the front aerial to the layout step-out and ring leap, here's a quick explanation of balance beam skills.
The Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2014 and beyond.
Liu Xuan (China) performs a sky-high Shushunova...
Chinese gymnast Liu Xuan performs on floor at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Page 7.
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
Shantessa Pama (USA) doing a jam on the uneven...
Shantessa Pama on the uneven bars doing a jam at a gymnastics competition. Page 6.
Common Floor Tumbling Skills
From the simplest (back handsprings and round-offs) to the toughest (double-doubles), here's what gymnastics skills gymnasts do on floor.
Kohei Uchimura (Japan) does an incredibly high...
The 2009 world all-around champion, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, competes on high bar. Page 2.
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
Meet American Gymnast and Olympic Medalist...
Olympic champion Dominique Dawes won the team gold with the Magificent Seven in 1996. A member of three Olympic gymnastics teams, Dawes won every event at the 1994 US Nationals.
Everything You'd Ever Want to Know About the...
The gymnastics pommel horse: the types of moves being done on pommel horse, and the gymnasts proven to be the best on the event.
Nastia Liukin (USA) does an Ono pirouette on...
Nastia Liukin on the uneven bars on one arm at a gymnastics competition. Page 12.
Gallery of Nastia Liukin Photographs
Gymnastics Pictures of World Champion and 2008 Olympian Nastia Liukin
Amanar vault
What the term Amanar means in gymnastics.
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
Fabian Leimlehner (Austria) on parallel bars
Gymnast Fabian Leimlehner competes on the parallel bars at the 2009 Worlds in London. Page 4.
The Latest on Aly Raisman's Comeback
All about 2012 Olympian Aly Raisman's return to gymnastics after the Olympics. Can she return to the top? She's back training and looking great.
Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) performing her floor...
Svetlana Khorkina on floor at the Olympic Games. Page 32.
Alexei Nemov (Russia) doing a planche on floor
Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov performing on floor in a gymnastics competition. Page 37.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
The Top 10 Sticks of the Last 20 Years
Ten of the best and most memorable stuck landings of the past 20 years -- the 10 best sticks.
Gymnastics Camps
Get information on gymnastics camps and summer camps, and read reviews
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
The Russian Group performing their ribbon routine
The Russian group performing their ribbon routine in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 36.
Which Gymnast Has Your Birthday?
The birthdays of famous gymnasts of the past and present.
Gymnast: Jordyn Wieber
All about Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber: her gymnastics career, her life outside the gym, and the cool skills that Jordyn Wieber performs.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Men's...
All about Olympic men's gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the events.
Gymnastics Olympic Teams
A look at the USA gymnastics women's Olympic teams from the past.
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
Flyaway
What a flyaway is in gymnastics
10 American Gymnasts Everyone Should Know
The most famous American gymnasts in history: 10 gymnasts -- from Mary Lou Retton to Gabby Douglas -- that everyone knows.
Gymnast: Paul Hamm
In 2003, gymnast Paul Hamm became the first US man to become world all-around champion. In 2004, he won the Olympic all-around title as well. Hamm has done it all in the sport of gymnastics.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
Xiao Yiming (China) performs a ring leap with...
Xiao Yiming of China competes hoop at the 2008 Olympic Test Event. Page 15.
Bridget Sloan (USA) doing a layout on beam
Gymnast Bridget Sloan on beam at the 2009 US national (Visa) championships. Page 5.
Full-In
: The term full-in means that the gymnast performs a full-twisting double back (two flips backwards)
An Illustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics
A photographic slideshow of historical gymanstics photos
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
Svetlana Boguinskaya (Belarus) doing a split...
Belarussian gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya on the balance beam in a gymnastics competition. Page 31.
8 Things to Know About Olympic Gymnast Aly...
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
Shaposhnikova Release
Find out what the uneven bars release move Shaposhnikova is, and more gymnastics skills.
Dmitry Bilozerchev
Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics. Page 13.
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
Round-Off
What the gymnastics skill round-off is, and examples of gymnasts performing them
Svetlana Khorkina
All about gymnast Svetlana Khorkina -- a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics
8 Tips for Managing the Car Ride Home After a...
In gymnastics, or any sport, bad meets are bound to happen. Here's expert tips from gymnastics coach Anne Josephson on how to help your kid through the experience.
Iron Cross
: The iron cross is a strength move performed by men on the rings. In it, the gymnast holds the rings
Where Are They Now?
What famous gymnasts such as Mary Lou Retton, Nadia Comaneci, Olga Korbut, Bart Conner, Carly Patterson and many more are doing now after retiring from gymnastics.
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
Shin Soo Ji (South Korea) performs a beautiful...
Shin Soo Ji performs with the rope in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 38.
The Top 10 #GymnastProblems
With being a gymnast comes your very own set of #gymnastproblems. Here are our favorites.
Handle Competition Nerves Like a Pro
How to handle nerves for a gymnastics competition, and set yourself up to perform confidently.
Press to Handstand
What the term press to handstand means in gymnastics.
Jaeger
What a Jaeger in gymnastics is
Back Walkover
Find out what a gymnastics back walkover is, and how to do a back walkover.

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