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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.
8 Steps to Learning a Split
Easy steps and stretches to help you learn how to do the splits.
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.
How to Do a Perfect Gymnastics Handstand
Learn how to do a handstand or improve your handstand in seven easy steps.
When should my kid start serious gymnastics...
Find out when a gymnast should start more serious gymnastics training.
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 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.
Where to Buy Leotards for Gymnastics
The simplest ways to find great gymnastics leotards -- at your gymnastics club, online, at a local boutique
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 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.
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.
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
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.
How to Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here's how to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904
American Olympic gymnasts from 1904-2008 on the men's side.
Mary Lou Retton
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton is doing now. Page 4.
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
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 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.
Male Gymnasts to Watch for the 2016 Rio Olympics
The male gymnasts, like Sam Mikulak, Danell Leyva and John Orozco, to watch for for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The US Classic: Results and Videos from the...
Simone Biles wins another meet -- easily -- but two of the three 2012 Olympic veterans impressed as well. Get a recap, the results, and watch videos of the 2015 US Secret Classic.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
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.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
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.
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 Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
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
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
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
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.
Shannon Miller
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Shannon Miller is doing now, after winning Olympic gold in 1996. Page 7.
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
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.
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
Dominique Moceanu
Find out what 1996 Olympic Champion gymnast Dominique Moceanu is doing now that she's an adult. Page 8.
Olga Korbut
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Olga Korbut is doing now, after being the star of the 1972 Olympics.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
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.
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.
Gabby Douglas Photos
Gymnastics photos of Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Women’s...
All about the equipment and the competition in Olympic women's 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.
Should We Switch Gyms? 8 Ways of Knowing When...
Switching gyms is hard -- but sometimes necessary. Here's how to know when it's time to try a new gymnastics club.
All-Around
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
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.
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.
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.
5 Gymnasts Who Never Won Big...But Should Have
There are some gymnasts -- from Mo Huilan to Vanessa Atler -- who stole our hearts, but never quite earned the medals it seemed they would.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Onodi
What an Onodi in gymnastics is. The definition of the gymnastics skill Onodi.
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
Gymnastics Camps
Get information on gymnastics camps and summer camps, and read reviews
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
8 Things to Know About Olympic Gymnast Aly...
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
Press to Handstand
What the term press to handstand means in gymnastics.
Shantessa Pama (USA) doing a jam on the uneven...
Shantessa Pama on the uneven bars doing a jam at a gymnastics competition. Page 6.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
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.
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.
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
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.
Liu Xuan (China) performs a sky-high Shushunova...
Chinese gymnast Liu Xuan performs on floor at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Page 7.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
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 Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
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.
John Orozco
All about gymnast John Orozco, a 2012 Olympic gymnastics team hopeful
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
Yvonne Tousek (Canada) on beam
Yvonne Tousek of Canada performs on beam at the 2000 Olympics. Page 3.
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
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.
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
Shaposhnikova Release
Find out what the uneven bars release move Shaposhnikova is, and more gymnastics skills.
Full-In
: The term full-in means that the gymnast performs a full-twisting double back (two flips backwards)
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.
Dmitry Bilozerchev
Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics. Page 13.
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.
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.
Podium Training
What the term podium training means in gymnastics.
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
Fabian Leimlehner (Austria) on parallel bars
Gymnast Fabian Leimlehner competes on the parallel bars at the 2009 Worlds in London. Page 4.
The 5 Best Sports for Former Gymnasts
We've got five sports -- from pole vaulting to CrossFit -- that can use your gymnastics skills. So don't be sad about retiring from gymnastics -- move on to one of these five awesome sports for former gymnasts.
Handle Competition Nerves Like a Pro
How to handle nerves for a gymnastics competition, and set yourself up to perform confidently.
Olympic Gymnast: Sam Mikulak
Bio of Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak
Josie Loren: Quick Chat
Make It or Break It actress Josie Loren talks about the next season of MIOBI
Iron Cross
: The iron cross is a strength move performed by men on the rings. In it, the gymnast holds the rings
Common Uneven Bars Skills
Ten common uneven bars skills or moves you'll see gymnasts do in the Olympics. From the kip to the Shaposhnikova and Gienger releases, here's a quick explanation of uneven bars skills.
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.
Fascinating Old Gymnastics Photos
Old gymnastics photos: Interesting shots from the 1940s through 1970s -- of Ludmilla Tourischeva, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, and more.
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2014 and beyond.
The Biggest Pet Peeves All Gymnastics Fans Have
Are you a gymnastics fan? If you're a die-hard, you probably follow every meet, and support the gymnasts every step of the way. But there are still things that irk you. Here are our chief complaints -- from cowboyed flips to awkward poses.
Kohei Uchimura (Japan) does an incredibly high...
The 2009 world all-around champion, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, competes on high bar. Page 2.
Daisuke Nakano (Japan) competes on floor
Japanese gymnast Daisuke Nakano begins a flip on floor in a gymnastics competition. Page 30.
Tkatchev (Reverse Hecht)
Definition of the gymnastics skill Tkatchev -- also called a reverse hecht.
Gymnast: Elizabeth Price
A bio of American gymnast Elizabeth Price, an alternate to the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team
Do You Know the World Champions in Women's...
Women's gymnastics world champions from 1934 to today.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Rhythmic...
All about Olympic rhythmic gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the apparatus.
Yekaterina Serebrianskaya (Ukraine) posing at...
Yekaterina Serebrianskaya performing a club routine in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 22.
Xiao Yiming (China) performs a ring leap with...
Xiao Yiming of China competes hoop at the 2008 Olympic Test Event. Page 15.
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.
Optional Competition
: Optional competition is a type of gymnastics meet in which all athletes perform their own choice of
Monette Russo (Australia) does a Rulfova...
Australian gymnast Monette Russo on the balance beam performing a Rulfova flip. Page 10.
Nastia Liukin (USA) performing a layout...
Nastia Liukin on the balance beam at a gymnastics competition. Page 24.
Bridget Sloan (USA) doing a layout on beam
Gymnast Bridget Sloan on beam at the 2009 US national (Visa) championships. Page 5.
Common Women's Vaults
From Yurchenko 2.5s (called the Amanar) to Tsukaharas, these are the commonly-performed gymnastics vaults done in the Olympics.
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.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Men's...
All about Olympic men's gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the events.
Compulsory Competition
What gymnastics compulsories were -- a now defunct type of gymnastics competition.
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.

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