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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.
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 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.
The 7 Types of Gymnastics
There are seven different types of gymnastics -- do you know them all?
Where to Buy Leotards for Gymnastics
The simplest ways to find great gymnastics leotards -- at your gymnastics club, online, at a local boutique
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.
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
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 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.
US Olympic Gymnasts (Women)
American Olympic gymnasts and Olympic gymnastics teams from 1936-2012.
Gymnasts to Watch for the 2016 Olympics
These are the up-and-coming gymnasts to watch for Rio 2016 -- and the world championships before.
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.
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.
Amazing Gymnastics Photos
Some of the most beautiful, daring and difficult gymnastics tricks are showcased in these gymnastics photos
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.
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2014 and beyond.
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.
Your Handy Introduction the Sport of Gymnastics
What is gymnastics? Find out all about gymnastics -- the best gymnasts, the different types, and much more!
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
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 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.
Mary Lou Retton
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton is doing now. Page 4.
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.
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.
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Women’s...
All about the equipment and the competition in Olympic women's gymnastics
The Junior Olympic Gymnastics Program
The basics of the Junior Olympic gymnastics system -- the most popular competitive gymnastics program in the United States.
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.
American Men's Olympic Gymnasts Since 1904
American Olympic gymnasts from 1904-2008 on the men's side.
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 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.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
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
All-Around
: The term all-around simply means all of the different gymnastics apparatus. All-around results would
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
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.
Olga Korbut
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Olga Korbut is doing now, after being the star of the 1972 Olympics.
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.
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
How to Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here's how to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
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.
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
Shannon Miller
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Shannon Miller is doing now, after winning Olympic gold in 1996. Page 7.
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.
When should my kid start serious gymnastics...
Find out when a gymnast should start more serious gymnastics training.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
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.
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 Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
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.
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Rhythmic...
All about Olympic rhythmic gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the apparatus.
You Know You're a Gymnast When...
Gymnasts are a unique breed -- here's how you know you're one of them.
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.
Podium Training
What the term podium training means in gymnastics.
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.
Dominique Moceanu
Find out what 1996 Olympic Champion gymnast Dominique Moceanu is doing now that she's an adult. Page 8.
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.
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
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.
Press to Handstand
What the term press to handstand means in 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.
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.
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
Gymnast: McKayla Maroney
McKayla Maroney Photo Gallery McKayla Maroney won vault gold at her first world championships, and helped
Olympic Gymnastics: The Basics of Men's...
All about Olympic men's gymnastics: the competition, the qualifiers and the events.
Gymnast: Jaycie Phelps
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps
Olympic Gymnastics Medalists
The Olympic gymnastics medalists in men's gymnastics, women's gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Svetlana Khorkina
All about gymnast Svetlana Khorkina -- a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics
Code of Points
Find out what the gymnastics term Code of Points means
Onodi
What an Onodi in gymnastics is. The definition of the gymnastics skill Onodi.
World Champions in Women's Gymnastics
Women's gymnastics world champions from 1934 to today.
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
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.
Gymnast: Simone Biles
All about the newest potential American gymnastics star Simone Biles, the 2013 US national champion.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Horton
Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals. Page 3.
Side Aerial
A definition of what the side aerial in gymnastics is, with video of a side aerial.
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.
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.
Shaposhnikova Release
Find out what the uneven bars release move Shaposhnikova is, and more gymnastics skills.
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
Shantessa Pama (USA) doing a jam on the uneven...
Shantessa Pama on the uneven bars doing a jam at a gymnastics competition. Page 6.
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.
Gymnast: Dominique Moceanu
A bio of Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu, a member of the 1996 Magnificent Seven US Olympic team
Rudi
What a rudi in gymnastics is -- the definition of the move rudi
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
Pommel Horse: Everything You Need to Know
The gymnastics pommel horse: the types of moves being done on pommel horse, and the gymnasts proven to be the best on the event.
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
Gallery of Nastia Liukin Photographs
Gymnastics Pictures of World Champion and 2008 Olympian Nastia Liukin
What You'll Want to Know About Bridget Sloan
A bio of US Olympic gymnast Bridget Sloan: her accomplishments in and out of the gym, pictures, and more.
Cast to Handstand
The definition of what a cast on the uneven bars, parallel bars, or high bars is.
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.
Gymnast: Kohei Uchimura
Bio of world and Olympic champion Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura
Gabby Douglas Photos
Gymnastics photos of Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas
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.
Judging: Open-Ended Scores
The scores under the new gymnastics scoring system, at About.com Gymnastics. Page 17.
Funny Gymnastics Photos
A gallery of fun and funny gymnastics photos -- featuring gymnasts such as Nastia Liukin, Alicia Sacramone, Chellsie Memmel, and more.
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.
Gymnast: Ludmilla Tourischeva
Soviet gymnast Ludmilla Tourischeva, won an incredible nine Olympic medals and 11 world medals during the 1970s, including the 1972 Olympic all-around gold medal. She was a teammate of Olga Korbut.
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.
Famous Gymnasts on Twitter
A directory of the gymnasts and coaches on Twitter
Women's Balance Beam
The Olympic balance beam medalists in women's gymnastics from 1952 (Helsinki) to 2008 (Beijing)
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
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 Types of Gymnastics
There are six different types of gymnastics -- do you know them all?
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
Xiao Yiming (China) performs a ring leap with...
Xiao Yiming of China competes hoop at the 2008 Olympic Test Event. Page 15.
Amanar vault
What the term Amanar means in gymnastics.
Alexandra Raisman
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
Gymnastics Camps
Get information on gymnastics camps and summer camps, and read reviews
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
Monette Russo (Australia) does a Rulfova...
Australian gymnast Monette Russo on the balance beam performing a Rulfova flip. Page 10.
Round-Off
What the gymnastics skill round-off is, and examples of gymnasts performing them
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
Aliya Mustafina
A profile of the female Olympic gymnast Aliya Mustafina -- world champion in 2010 and uneven bars Olympic champion in 2012.
Flyaway
What a flyaway is in gymnastics
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
Nastia Liukin (USA) does an Ono pirouette on...
Nastia Liukin on the uneven bars on one arm at a gymnastics competition. Page 12.
Top American Olympic Gymnasts
The top American contenders in gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
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.
Fabian Leimlehner (Austria) on parallel bars
Gymnast Fabian Leimlehner competes on the parallel bars at the 2009 Worlds in London. Page 4.
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
Iron Cross
: The iron cross is a strength move performed by men on the rings. In it, the gymnast holds the rings
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.
Women's Team
The Olympic team medalists in women's gymnastics from 1928 (Amsterdam) to 2012 (London). All of the gymnastics Olympic medals won.
Bridget Sloan (USA) doing a layout on beam
Gymnast Bridget Sloan on beam at the 2009 US national (Visa) championships. Page 5.
Gymnast: Kim Zmeskal
Bio of 1992 Olympic gymnast Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, coach at Texas Dreams Gymnastics
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 Gymnast: Sam Mikulak
Bio of Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak
Which Gymnast Has Your Birthday?
The birthdays of famous gymnasts of the past and present.
Yurchenko Vault
Find out what a Yurchenko vault is in gymnastics, and watch videos of a Yurchenko.
Gymnast: Rebecca Bross
Gymnast Rebecca Bross bio and pictures -- information about Rebecca Bross's competitions, personal life, and more
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.
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