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Gymnastics: Most Popular Articles

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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.
How to Do a Perfect Gymnastics Handstand
Learn how to do a handstand or improve your handstand in seven easy steps.
Learn a Back Flip
A step-by-step instruction of how to do a back flip -- how to learn a tucked back salto in gymnastics.
Where to Buy Gymnastics Leotards
The simplest ways to find great gymnastics leotards -- whether you're looking for convenience, a bargain, or the best selection.
The Greatest Moments in Olympic Gymnastics...
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.
The Types of Gymnastics
There are seven different types of gymnastics -- do you know them all?
How to Do a Bridge
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.
Picking the Best Gymnastics Grips for You
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 Do a Back Walkover
Back walkover -- find out how to do a back walkover in gymnastics. Your step-by-step guide to a gymnastics back walkover.
Vault: Everything You Need to Know About Vault
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.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
The Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
Gymnasts to Watch for the 2016 Olympics
These are the up-and-coming gymnasts to watch for Rio 2016 -- and the world championships before.
Gymnastics Clubs: Get Your Child Started
How to find the right gymnastics club, what to wear, and the equipment you'll need to get started in gymnastics.
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
US Olympic Gymnasts (Women)
American Olympic gymnasts and Olympic gymnastics teams from 1936-2012.
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.
Gymnast: Gabby Douglas
Gymnast Gabby Douglas -- a bio of Olympic champion gymnast Gabrielle Douglas
Gymnast: 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.
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
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.
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
What Is Gymnastics?
What is gymnastics? Find out all about gymnastics -- the best gymnasts, the different types, and much 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.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
Gymnast: Jaycie Phelps
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
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.
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
The Top American Gymnasts of All Time
From Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin to Gabby Douglas -- these are the best gymnasts the US has ever produced
Your Road to the Olympic Team - How to Become...
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here are the requirements to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team. Page 3.
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.
American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904
American Olympic gymnasts from 1904-2008 on the men's side.
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
Mary Lou Retton
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton is doing now. 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.
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
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2013 and beyond.
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
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.
Floor Exercise: Everything You Need to Know
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.
Olga Korbut
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Olga Korbut is doing now, after being the star of the 1972 Olympics.
Gymnast: Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
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.
Start Your Child in Gymnastics
Get Started in Gymnastics: How to find the right gymnastics club, what to wear, and the equipment you'll need. Page 2.
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.
Gymnastics Camps
Get information on gymnastics camps and summer camps, and read reviews
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
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.
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.
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
Shannon Miller
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Shannon Miller is doing now, after winning Olympic gold in 1996. Page 7.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
Women's All-Around
The Olympic all-around medalists from 1952 (the first year women's all-around competition was held), through 2012.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Women’s...
All about the equipment and the competition in Olympic women's gymnastics
You Know You're a Gymnast When...
Gymnasts are a unique breed -- here's how you know you're one of them.
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.
Gallery of Nastia Liukin Photographs
Gymnastics Pictures of World Champion and 2008 Olympian Nastia Liukin
Press to Handstand
What the term press to handstand means in gymnastics.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
Jonathan Horton
Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals. Page 3.
All-Around
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
Gymnast: Mary Lou Retton
A bio of gymnast Mary Lou Retton -- her 1984 Olympic victory, her other accomplishments, and what she's doing now.
Gymnast: Dominique Moceanu
A bio of Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, a member of the 1996 Magnificent Seven US Olympic team
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
Gymnast: Samantha Peszek
Find out all about Samantha Peszek's gymnastics accomplishments, cool skills, and her life outside the gym, and get pictures of Samantha Peszek.
Dominique Moceanu
US gymnast Dominique Moceanu competes at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on floor. Page 7.
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
Alexandra Raisman
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
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.
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
Olympic Gymnastics: Trampoline Rules & Judging
All about the complex scoring system of Olympic trampoline. Here's how to understand the rules and enjoy watching the sport.
Onodi
What an Onodi in gymnastics is. The definition of the gymnastics skill Onodi.
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
Gabby Douglas Photos
Gymnastics photos of Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas
An Illustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics
A photographic slideshow of historical gymanstics photos
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.
When should my kid start serious gymnastics...
Find out when a gymnast should start more serious gymnastics training.
Full-In
: The term full-in means that the gymnast performs a full-twisting double back (two flips backwards)
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.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Men's...
All about Olympic men's gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the events.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
Free Hip Circle
The definition of the gymnastics skill free hip circle, also called a clear hip circle.
Monette Russo (Australia) does a Rulfova...
Australian gymnast Monette Russo on the balance beam performing a Rulfova flip. Page 10.
Yurchenko Vault
Find out what a Yurchenko vault is in gymnastics, and watch videos of a Yurchenko.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Rhythmic...
All about Olympic rhythmic gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the apparatus.
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.
Gymnasts on Twitter
A directory of the gymnasts and coaches on Twitter
Rudi
What a rudi in gymnastics is -- the definition of the move rudi
Amanar vault
What the term Amanar means in gymnastics.
Svetlana Khorkina
All about gymnast Svetlana Khorkina -- a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics
Famous Gymnasts' Birthdays
The birthdays of famous gymnasts of the past and present.
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.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Shantessa Pama (USA) doing a jam on the uneven...
Shantessa Pama on the uneven bars doing a jam at a gymnastics competition. Page 6.
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.
10 Awesome Celebration Shots...and the Stories...
A photo of American gymnast Alicia Sacramone celebrating in this gallery of 10 awesome celebratory gymnastics photos.
Tkatchev (Reverse Hecht)
Definition of the gymnastics skill Tkatchev -- also called a reverse hecht.
Yvonne Tousek (Canada) on beam
Yvonne Tousek of Canada performs on beam at the 2000 Olympics. Page 3.
Gymnast: Bridget Sloan
A bio of US Olympic gymnast Bridget Sloan: her accomplishments in and out of the gym, pictures, and more.
Olympic Gymnast: Sam Mikulak
Bio of Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak
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.
Judging: Open-Ended Scores
The scores under the new gymnastics scoring system, at About.com Gymnastics. Page 17.
Jaeger
What a Jaeger in gymnastics is
Dmitry Bilozerchev
Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics. Page 13.
Gymnast: Rebecca Bross
Gymnast Rebecca Bross bio and pictures -- information about Rebecca Bross's competitions, personal life, and more
Kohei Uchimura (Japan) does an incredibly high...
The 2009 world all-around champion, Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura, competes on high bar. Page 2.
Code of Points
Find out what the gymnastics term Code of Points means
Podium Training
What the term podium training means in gymnastics.
Ring Leap or Jump
What it means to do a ring leap or ring jump in gymnastics
Cast to Handstand
The definition of what a cast on the uneven bars, parallel bars, or high bars is.
David Eaton (Great Britain) does a high-flying...
A photograph of British gymnast David Eaton competing on the high bar. Page 11.
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
Shaposhnikova Release
Find out what the uneven bars release move Shaposhnikova is, and more gymnastics skills.
Gymnast: Blaine Wilson
The five-time US national champ, gymnast Blaine Wilson also qualified onto three Olympic gymnastics teams.
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. Page 2.
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
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.
Optional Competition
: Optional competition is a type of gymnastics meet in which all athletes perform their own choice of
Liu Xuan (China) performs a sky-high Shushunova...
Chinese gymnast Liu Xuan performs on floor at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Page 7.
World Champions in Women's Gymnastics
Women's gymnastics world champions from 1934 to today.
Gymnast: McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney Photo Gallery McKayla Maroney won vault gold at her first world championships, and helped
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 4.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
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.
Candace Cameron Bure: Quick Chat
An interview with Full House's Candace Cameron, who know stars on Make It or Break It (MIOBI)
Funny Gymnastics Photos
A gallery of fun and funny gymnastics photos -- featuring gymnasts such as Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel, and more.
A Grip on the Bar
A gymnast on high bar. Gymnastics. Page 2.
Fascinating Old Gymnastics Photos
Old gymnastics photos: Interesting shots from the 1940s through 1970s -- of Ludmilla Tourischeva, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, and more.
Fabian Leimlehner (Austria) on parallel bars
Gymnast Fabian Leimlehner competes on the parallel bars at the 2009 Worlds in London. Page 4.
Flyaway
What a flyaway is in gymnastics
Alexei Nemov (Russia) doing a planche on floor
Russian gymnast Alexei Nemov performing on floor in a gymnastics competition. Page 37.
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.
Bridget Sloan (USA) doing a layout on beam
Gymnast Bridget Sloan on beam at the 2009 US national (Visa) championships. Page 5.
Kip
A definition of the uneven bars and high bar skill the kip, in gymnastics.
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.

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