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8 Steps to Learning a 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 the Rio 2016 Olympics. Simone Biles, three-time world all-around champion, is tops on the list.
How to Do a Center Split in Gymnastics
Step by step stretching instructions for how to do a center split in gymnastics.
How Can I Get Rid of a Gymnastics Mental Block?
Scared of a skill? Here's tips for beating a gymnastics mental block.
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.
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 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.
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 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!
Where to Buy Leotards for Gymnastics
The simplest ways to find great gymnastics leotards -- at your gymnastics club, online, at a local boutique
When Should My Kid Start Serious Gymnastics...
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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.
5 Cool Old-School Routines
From Yang Bo to Valeri Liukin, Mo Huilan to Karin Janz -- these gymnastics routines, from the '70s, '80s, and '90s are worth watching. Many, many times.
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.
How to Do a Perfect Gymnastics Handstand
Learn how to do a handstand or improve your handstand in seven easy steps.
8 Things to Know About Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes won the team gold with the Magnificent Seven in 1996. A member of three Olympic gymnastics teams, Dawes also made history by winning every event at the 1994 US nationals.
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.
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.
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 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.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
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 Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here's how to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
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.
7 Things to Know About Gabby Douglas
All about 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.
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.
Olga Korbut
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Olga Korbut is doing now, after being the star of the 1972 Olympics.
Signs You're a Gymnastics Fan
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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.
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
6 Ways to Be a Happier, Healthier Gymnast
Simple tips to make your time in the gym -- and out -- a lot more fun and successful.
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.
Gymnast: Elizabeth Price
A bio of American gymnast Elizabeth Price, an alternate to the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team
Women's Gymnastics Rules & Judging
How the judging works in Olympic gymnastics: All about the gymnastics rules (Code of Points) and what to watch, as a spectator, to really enjoy women's gymnastics.
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.
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.
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.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Women’s...
All about the equipment and the competition in Olympic women's gymnastics
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Rhythmic...
All about Olympic rhythmic gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the apparatus.
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.
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.
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.
American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904
American Olympic gymnasts from 1904-2008 on the men's side.
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
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.
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.
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 Things to Know About Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson had an incredibly successful run in 2007 and 2008, winning the world all-around title and earning second in the all-around at the 2008 Olympics. She also was one of America's favorite athletes in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics.
All About the Junior Olympic Program in...
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
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.
Martha (Marta) Karolyi
All about gymnastics coach and national team coordinator Martha Karolyi -- the coach of Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Dominique Moceanu and Kerri Strug
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.
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.
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.
Best Male Artistic Gymnasts
The basics of men's artistic gymnastics: the apparatus used, who to watch, and the scoring and history of the sport.
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.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
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.
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
The Lowdown on Olympic Champion Gymnast Amanda...
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Amanda Borden, now Amanda Borden Cochran
Current Female Artistic Gymnasts to Watch
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
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.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
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.
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
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.
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
Handle Competition Nerves Like a Pro
How to handle nerves for a gymnastics competition, and set yourself up to perform confidently.
Rhythmic Gymnastics 101
In rhythmic gymnastics, the athletes use equipment such as hoops, balls, ropes, clubs and ribbons to perform leaps, jumps and other moves. It's an Olympic sport under gymnastics -- here's the lowdown on this lesser-known discipline of gymnastics.
What to Get a Gymnast
Gift ideas for gymnasts and gymnastics fans of all ages -- from clothes to books and toys.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
The Apparatus in Rhythmic Gymnastics
There are five pieces of equipment used in rhythmic gymnastics . Every two years, the International Gymnastics
What to Pack in Your Gym Bag
A check-list of items every gymnast may want in her gym bag for practice, from the obvious (leotards and grips) to the items that can help you out in a pinch (a snack and personal products).
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
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.
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.
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
Jonathan Horton
Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals. Page 3.
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
Dominique Moceanu
Find out what 1996 Olympic Champion gymnast Dominique Moceanu is doing now that she's an adult. Page 8.
5 Things to Know About Jaycie Phelps
Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps was a member of the Magnificent Seven -- the 1996 Olympic team that was the first American squad to win Olympic team gold.
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.
5 Things to Know About Gymnast Cathy Rigby
Gymnast Cathy Rigby was an American pioneer in the sport, and an accomplished actress after she retired, best known for her role in Peter Pan.
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
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.
Rhythmic Gymnastics Rules & Judging
All about the new gymnastics rules (Code of Points) in rhythmic gymnastics and what to watch, as a spectator, to really enjoy Olympic gymnastics.
Shannon Miller
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Shannon Miller is doing now, after winning Olympic gold in 1996. Page 7.
8 Things to Know About Olympic Gymnast Aly...
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
What to Pack in Your Meet Day Gym Bag
Ready for your first gymnastics competition? Here's our check-list for what to pack on meet day. Don't forget your grips!
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
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.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
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.
What a flyaway is in gymnastics
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
The Lowdown on Kohei Uchimura: The King of...
Why world and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura is the top male gymnast of all time.
Amanar vault
What the term Amanar means in gymnastics.
The Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
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.
What an Onodi in gymnastics is. The definition of the gymnastics skill Onodi.
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
Parents: 6 Signs Your Gymnast Needs a Break
Many, maybe even all, gymnasts have felt burned-out at some point. Here are six surefire signs your son or daughter may need a break from the sport.
: The term full-in means that the gymnast performs a full-twisting double back (two flips backwards)
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 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.
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
Which Gymnast Has Your Birthday?
The birthdays of famous gymnasts of the past and present.
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.
Can You Name The Gymnast?
Are you a gymnastics wizard? Or just a fair-weather gymnastics fan? See how many of these gymnasts of the past and present you can can identify.
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.
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.
Common Women's Vaults
From Yurchenko 2.5s (called the Amanar) to Tsukaharas, these are the commonly-performed gymnastics vaults done in the Olympics.
What a Jaeger in gymnastics is
4 Things to Know About Gymnast Paul Hamm
In 2003, gymnast Paul Hamm was 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 -- here's what you should know about this decorated athlete.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
5 Things to Know About Svetlana Khorkina
Gymnast Svetlana Khorkina is one of the all-time greats in the sport. She won three world all-around titles, five world titles on the uneven bars, and two Olympic titles on bars. Here's what you'll want to know about Khorkina.
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.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
Carly Patterson: 6 Things to Know
Find out all about Carly Patterson's gymnastics accomplishments, cool skills, and her life outside the gym.

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