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How to Do a Gymnastics Split
Easy steps and stretches to help you learn how to do the splits.
How to Get Started Learning Gymnastics
Learn how to do gymnastics tricks and skills such as a back flip, handstand, back walkover, and split.
How to Do a Center Split in Gymnastics
Step by step stretching instructions for how to do a center split in gymnastics. Here's how to do the butterfly stretch.
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.
10 Gymnasts to Keep Your Eye on for the 2016...
These are the up-and-coming gymnasts to watch for Rio 2016 -- and the world championships before.
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
The 7 Types of Gymnastics
There are seven different types of gymnastics -- do you know them all?
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.
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.
How to Do a Bridge in Gymnastics
Learn how to a bridge stretch correctly to improve your gymnastics flexibility.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
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.
Your Handy Introduction the Sport of Gymnastics
What is gymnastics? Find out all about gymnastics -- the best gymnasts, the different types, and much more!
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
You Know You're a Gymnast When...
Gymnasts are a unique breed -- here's how you know you're one of them.
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.
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2014 and beyond.
US Olympic Gymnasts (Women)
American Olympic gymnasts and Olympic gymnastics teams from 1936-2012.
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.
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.
How to Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here are the requirements to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
The Top 6 American Gymnasts of All Time
From Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin to Gabby Douglas -- these are the best gymnasts the US has ever produced.
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
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
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.
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
7 Unfortunate Leotard Designs
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. Related:
The Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
Gabby Douglas Back to US Training Camp
Gabby Douglas has always said several times that she'd be back. But no Olympic all-around champ has made it to a second Games since Nadia Comaneci in 1980, so
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.
Elizabeth Price, Sam Mikulak Win American Cup
Sam Mikulak, a 2012 Olympian, and Elizabeth Price, an alternate for the 2012 Olympic team, took home the respective titles at the 2014 American Cup on Saturday.
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
Elizabeth Price Retires from Elite
A 2012 Olympic alternate, Elizabeth Price won the American Cup and Pacific Rim Championships earlier this year, as well as the 2013-14 World Cup series. She
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.
4 Highs -- and 4 Lows -- from the 2014 NCAA...
There's no doubt this NCAAs -- held this past weekend in Birmingham, Al. -- was awesome overall: We had the first tie ever, and it was between two
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.
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 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
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
Nadia Comaneci
Gymnast Nadia Comaneci competes on beam at the 1978 Worlds. Page 16.
10 Awesome Celebration Shots...and the Stories...
A photo of American gymnast Alicia Sacramone celebrating in this gallery of 10 awesome celebratory gymnastics photos.
American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904
American Olympic gymnasts from 1904-2008 on the men's side.
All-Around
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
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
The Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Horton
Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals. Page 3.
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.
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.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
Dominique Moceanu
US gymnast Dominique Moceanu competes at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on floor. Page 7.
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.
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.
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.
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
All News, Results and Videos to Watch from 2014...
Follow Simone Biles, Kohei Uchimura, Kyla Ross, and many more at the 2014 Nanning World Gymnastics Championships. Get the news, results, quotes, and videos to watch here.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
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.
Gymnast: Rebecca Bross
Gymnast Rebecca Bross bio and pictures -- information about Rebecca Bross's competitions, personal life, and more
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
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.
Olga Korbut
Olga Korbut waiting to compete at a gymnastics competition in 1973. Page 17.
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
Shannon Miller
US gymnast Shannon Miller competes on bars at the 1995 Worlds. Page 9.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
Rudi
What a rudi in gymnastics is -- the definition of the move rudi
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
Is Simone Biles the Best American Gymnast Ever?
We break down the stats and intangibles on Simone Biles, a supremely-talented US gymnast with nine world medals.
The Lowdown on Kohei Uchimura: The King of...
Why world and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura is the top male gymnast of all time.
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
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.
Dmitry Bilozerchev
Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics. Page 13.
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.
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.
When should my kid start serious gymnastics...
Find out when a gymnast should start more serious gymnastics training.
Alexandra Raisman
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
Kohei Uchimura (Japan) does an incredibly high...
The 2009 world all-around champion, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, competes on high bar. Page 2.
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
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.
Gymnast: Kerri Strug
A bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, the gymnast who hurt her ankle on the final vault to win the Olympics for the American team.
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
How to Watch the 2014 US Gymnastics Nationals
The TV and online streaming schedule for the 2014 US gymnastics nationals (called the P&G Championships), and the women's roster of competitors.
Handle Competition Nerves Like a Pro
How to handle nerves for a gymnastics competition, and set yourself up to perform confidently.
Gymnast: McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney Photo Gallery McKayla Maroney won vault gold at her first world championships, and helped
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
The Lowdown on 1984 Olympic Champion Mary Lou...
A bio of gymnast Mary Lou Retton -- her 1984 Olympic victory, her other accomplishments, and what she's doing now.
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.
Yekaterina Serebrianskaya (Ukraine) posing at...
Yekaterina Serebrianskaya performing a club routine in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 22.
Full-In
: The term full-in means that the gymnast performs a full-twisting double back (two flips backwards)
Svetlana Khorkina
All about gymnast Svetlana Khorkina -- a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics
Josie Loren: Quick Chat
Make It or Break It actress Josie Loren talks about the next season of MIOBI
7 Truly Terrible Leotards
In honor of ugly leotards everywhere -- and the poor gymnasts forced to wear them -- we present seven of the terrible leotards we could find. Page 2.
Nastia Liukin (USA) performing a layout...
Nastia Liukin on the balance beam at a gymnastics competition. Page 24.
Press to Handstand
What the term press to handstand means in gymnastics.
Sho Nakamori (USA) performs a Kolman -- a...
Gymnast Sho Nakamori performs on the high bar. Page 25.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Men's...
All about Olympic men's gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the events.
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
Gymnast: Carly Patterson
Find out all about Carly Patterson's gymnastics accomplishments, cool skills, and her life outside the gym, and get pictures of Carly Patterson.
International Gymnastics Federation (FIG)
Definition of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) -- the governing body for the sport of gymnastics
Onodi
What an Onodi in gymnastics is. The definition of the gymnastics skill Onodi.
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 Khorkina (Russia) performing her floor...
Svetlana Khorkina on floor at the Olympic Games. Page 32.
Gymnast: Yang Wei
Yang Wei is one of the most accomplished Chinese gymnasts of all time. Find out all about his gymnastics career, accomplishments, and personal life.
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.
Cathy Rigby
Gymnast Cathy Rigby -- all about her gymnastics medals and career, as well as her acting career, where she's best known for the role of Peter Pan.
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.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Gift Ideas for Gymnasts
Gymnastics gift ideas for gymnasts and fans of all ages -- from awesome gymnastics clothes to fascinating books and entertaining toys.
Back Walkover
Find out what a gymnastics back walkover is, and how to do a back walkover.
Gymnast: Jaycie Phelps
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps
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. Page 2.
Amanda Bailey (USA) performing on the...
Trampolinist Amanda Bailey doing a flip on the gymnastics trampoline. Page 23.
Monette Russo (Australia) does a Rulfova...
Australian gymnast Monette Russo on the balance beam performing a Rulfova flip. Page 10.
Alexei Nemov (Russia) doing a planche on floor
Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov performing on floor in a gymnastics competition. Page 37.
An Illustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics
A photographic slideshow of historical gymanstics photos
The Bulgarian Group performs their ball and...
The Bulgarian group performs a rhythmic gymnastics routine with balls and hoops. Page 26.
Compulsory Competition
What gymnastics compulsories were -- a now defunct type of gymnastics competition.
Women's Balance Beam
The Olympic balance beam medalists in women's gymnastics from 1952 (Helsinki) to 2008 (Beijing)
Olympic Gymnastics: Men's Gymnastics Rules...
All about the new gymnastics rules (Code of Points) in men's gymnastics and what to watch, as a spectator, to really enjoy Olympic gymnastics.
Yvonne Tousek (Canada) on beam
Yvonne Tousek of Canada performs on beam at the 2000 Olympics. Page 3.
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.
Xiao Yiming (China) performs a ring leap with...
Xiao Yiming of China competes hoop at the 2008 Olympic Test Event. Page 15.
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. Page 3.
Are the Americans REALLY Good at Gymnastics?
Why the American gymnasts are so good at gymnastics -- especially on the women's side, where the US has dominated.
Bridget Sloan (USA) doing a layout on beam
Gymnast Bridget Sloan on beam at the 2009 US national (Visa) championships. Page 5.
Optional Competition
: Optional competition is a type of gymnastics meet in which all athletes perform their own choice of
Judging: Open-Ended Scores
The scores under the new gymnastics scoring system, at About.com Gymnastics. Page 17.
Gallery of Nastia Liukin Photographs
Gymnastics Pictures of World Champion and 2008 Olympian Nastia Liukin
Tkatchev (Reverse Hecht)
Definition of the gymnastics skill Tkatchev -- also called a reverse hecht.
Jennifer Parilla (USA) performs on the trampoline
Jennifer Parilla performs on the trampoline at a gymnastics competition. Page 19.
Heather Mann (Great Britain) performs a scale...
Rhythmic gymnast Heather Mann (Great Britain) performs her ball routine at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Page 20.
The Russian Group performing their ribbon routine
The Russian group performing their ribbon routine in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 36.
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.
Jason Gatson (USA) on the parallel bars
Gymnast Jason Gatson performs on the parallel bars at the 2005 World Championships. Page 21.
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