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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 Do a Center Split in Gymnastics
Step by step stretching instructions for how to do a center split in gymnastics.
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.
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.
10 Gymnasts to Keep Your Eye on for the 2016...
Kyla Ross is one to watch for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
How to Get Started Learning Gymnastics
Learn how to do gymnastics tricks and skills such as a back flip, handstand, back walkover, and split.
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.
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 Back Walkover in Gymnastics
Find out how to do a back walkover in gymnastics: your step-by-step guide to a gymnastics back walkover, starting with a backbend kickover.
How to Do a Perfect Gymnastics Handstand
Learn how to do a handstand or improve your handstand in seven easy steps.
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.
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.
Your Handy Introduction the Sport of Gymnastics
What is gymnastics? Find out all about gymnastics -- the best gymnasts, the different types, and much 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.
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.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
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.
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
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.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
How to Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here are the requirements to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
The Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
Mary Lou Retton
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton is doing now. Page 4.
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
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
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.
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.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 7 Best Pieces of Advice for Gymnasts
Former high-level gymnasts share what they've learned about gymnastics -- and what they wish they'd done differently.
Gymnast: Jaycie Phelps
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps
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.
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.
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 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 Women’s...
All about the equipment and the competition in Olympic women's gymnastics
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.
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.
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
Gabby Douglas Photos
Gymnastics photos of Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
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
All-Around
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
The Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
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.
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.
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.
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.
Handle Competition Nerves Like a Pro
How to handle nerves for a gymnastics competition, and set yourself up to perform confidently.
US Women's Gymnastics National Champions (Floor)
The USA national floor champions in gymnastics.
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.
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
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.
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
Jonathan Horton
Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals. Page 3.
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2014 and beyond.
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.
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.
Podium Training
What the term podium training means in gymnastics.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Men's...
All about Olympic men's gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the events.
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.
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.
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
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.
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.
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
Monette Russo (Australia) does a Rulfova...
Australian gymnast Monette Russo on the balance beam performing a Rulfova flip. Page 10.
6 Reasons Gymnastics is the Toughest Sport...
It's scary, incredibly complex, and involves strength, skill, and focus. Here's why gymnastics is the toughest sport in the world.
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
8 Things to Know About Olympic Gymnast Aly...
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
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.
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.
Dmitry Bilozerchev
Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics. Page 13.
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
Sho Nakamori (USA) performs a Kolman -- a...
Gymnast Sho Nakamori performs on the high bar. Page 25.
Nastia Liukin (USA) performing a layout...
Nastia Liukin on the balance beam at a gymnastics competition. Page 24.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xiao Yiming (China) performs a ring leap with...
Xiao Yiming of China competes hoop at the 2008 Olympic Test Event. Page 15.
Amanda Bailey (USA) performing on the...
Trampolinist Amanda Bailey doing a flip on the gymnastics trampoline. Page 23.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
Nastia Liukin (USA) does an Ono pirouette on...
Nastia Liukin on the uneven bars on one arm at a gymnastics competition. Page 12.
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.
David Eaton (Great Britain) does a high-flying...
A photograph of British gymnast David Eaton competing on the high bar. Page 11.
Onodi
What an Onodi in gymnastics is. The definition of the gymnastics skill Onodi.
Yekaterina Serebrianskaya (Ukraine) posing at...
Yekaterina Serebrianskaya performing a club routine in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 22.
Amanar vault
What the term Amanar means in gymnastics.
6 Awesome Photos of Olympic Legend Olga Korbut
Gymnast Olga Korbut was the star of the 1972 Olympics -- winning multiple medals and earning crowd-favorite status with her daring and risky flips.
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
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.
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.
Ivana Hong (USA) performing an overshoot from...
A photo of American gymnast Ivana Hong on the uneven bars at the Pan American Games gymnastics competition. Page 13.
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
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.
Shaposhnikova Release
Find out what the uneven bars release move Shaposhnikova is, and more gymnastics skills.
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.
Gymnastics Camps
Get information on gymnastics camps and summer camps, and read reviews
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.
Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) performing her floor...
Svetlana Khorkina on floor at the Olympic Games. Page 32.
Common Women's Vaults
From Yurchenko 2.5s (called the Amanar) to Tsukaharas, these are the commonly-performed gymnastics vaults done in the Olympics.
Gallery of Nastia Liukin Photographs
Gymnastics Pictures of World Champion and 2008 Olympian Nastia Liukin
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.
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.

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