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8 Steps to Learning a 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.
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.
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.
When should my kid start serious gymnastics...
Find out when a gymnast should start more serious gymnastics training.
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.
How to Do a Perfect Gymnastics Handstand
Learn how to do a handstand or improve your handstand in seven easy steps.
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.
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 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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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 Become an Olympic Gymnast
Wondering how to become an Olympic gymnast? Here's how to qualify to the Olympic gymnastics team.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Gymnast: Elizabeth Price
A bio of American gymnast Elizabeth Price, an alternate to the 2012 Olympic gymnastics team
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.
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.
4 Foolproof Ways to Get More Flexible
Easy ways to get more flexible -- for gymnastics, or for any activity. Simple steps for increasing flexibility.
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.
Olympic Gymnast: Sam Mikulak
Bio of Olympic gymnast Sam Mikulak
What to Get a Gymnast
Gift ideas for gymnasts and gymnastics fans of all ages -- from clothes to books and toys.
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.
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.
Gabby Douglas Photos
Gymnastics photos of Olympic champion gymnast Gabby Douglas
Shawn Johnson
American gymnast Shawn Johnson wins beam at the 2008 Olympics. Page 2.
Nastia Liukin
Gymnast Nastia Liukin does a Pak salto on bars at the 2004 Nationals
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.
How to Do a Front Walkover
Learn a front walkover by starting with a bridge
The Apparatus Used in Rhythmic Gymnastics
The equipment used in rhythmics, as well as what to watch in each routine.
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
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.
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.
Kim Zmeskal
Find out what World Champion American gymnast Kim Zmeskal is doing now. Page 6.
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.
Jonathan Horton
Gymnast Jon Horton gets his silver medal in the 2008 Olympic high bar finals. Page 3.
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.
Mitch Gaylord
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Mitch Gaylord is doing now, after winning gold in the 1984 Olympics. Page 5.
Shannon Miller
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Shannon Miller is doing now, after winning Olympic gold in 1996. Page 7.
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.
Olga Korbut
Find out what Olympic Champion gymnast Olga Korbut is doing now, after being the star of the 1972 Olympics.
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.
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.
Mary Lou Retton
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Mary Lou Retton is doing now. Page 4.
Alicia Sacramone
Gymnast Alicia Sacramone gives a quote that inspired her in her gymnastics training. Page 4.
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.
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.
The Difference Between Women's Gymnastics and...
The main differences between men's gymnastics and women's gymnastics in events and competition format.
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.
Dominique Dawes
Gymnast Dominique Dawes competes at the 1996 Olympics on floor. Page 8.
Bart Conner
Find out what 1984 Olympic Champion gymnast Bart Conner is doing now. Page 3.
Dominique Moceanu
Find out what 1996 Olympic Champion gymnast Dominique Moceanu is doing now that she's an adult. Page 8.
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.
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 Watch 2015 Worlds
Simone Biles and Sam Mikulak are expected to lead the 2015 US world teams in Glasgow. Here's the lowdown on this all-important pre-Olympic worlds.
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.
Gymnast: Shawn Johnson
Gymnast Shawn Johnson was a 2008 Olympian, winning four medals. She also won the 2007 world title in the all-around.
Carly Patterson
Find out what 2004 Olympic Champion gymnast Carly Patterson is doing now, and more about her singing career. Page 9.
Kerri Strug
Gymnast Kerri Strug does a pose on beam at the 1996 Olympics. Page 10.
Arabian
What the gymnastics skill Arabian is, with videos of gymnasts performing Arabians.
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.
Should You Buy Beam Shoes?
Find out if gymnastics beam shoes are for you, as well as which brands are best.
Peter Vidmar
US gymnasts Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner celebrate at the 1984 Olympics. Page 15.
Women's Artistic Gymnastics
All about women's artistic gymnastics -- it's history, the apparatus, competition, and the gymnasts to watch.
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.
Stuck Landing
: When a gymnast lands a tumbling pass, vault, or dismount without moving his/her feet, it is called
Raj Bhavsar
US gymnast Raj Bhavsar competes on the rings at the 2008 Olympics. Page 5.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
All-Around
: 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.
Do You Know the World Champions in Women's...
Women's gymnastics world champions from 1934 to today.
Sho Nakamori (USA) performs a Kolman -- a...
Gymnast Sho Nakamori performs on the high bar. Page 25.
Courtney Kupets
Gymnast Courtney Kupets competes at the 2003 Worlds on vault. Page 6.
8 Things to Know About Olympic Gymnast Aly...
A bio of 2012 Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman
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.
Brandy Johnson
Gymnast Brandy Johnson competes on beam Page 12.
Svetlana Boguinskaya
Soviet gymnast Svetlana Boguinskaya competes on beam at the 1991 Worlds. Page 11.
An Illustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics
A photographic slideshow of historical gymanstics photos
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.
Nastia Liukin (USA) performing a layout...
Nastia Liukin on the balance beam at a gymnastics competition. Page 24.
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: 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.
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.
Podium Training
What the term podium training means in gymnastics.
Dmitry Bilozerchev
Soviet Gymnast Dmitry Bilozerchev competes at the 1988 Olympics. Page 13.
Tsukahara
What a Tsukahara vault is in gymnastics
Gymnast: Jaycie Phelps
Bio of 1996 Olympic gymnast Jaycie Phelps
The Hardest Skills in Gymnastics -- Women's
Which are the hardest gymnastics moves? We outline the toughest women's gymnastics skills.
Gallery of Shawn Johnson Photographs
A slideshow of World Champion gymnast Shawn Johnson
Svetlana Khorkina (Russia) performing her floor...
Svetlana Khorkina on floor at the Olympic Games. Page 32.
The Bulgarian Group performs their ball and...
The Bulgarian group performs a rhythmic gymnastics routine with balls and hoops. Page 26.
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.
Amanar vault
What the term Amanar means in gymnastics.
Full-In
: The term full-in means that the gymnast performs a full-twisting double back (two flips backwards)
Emma Jay (USA) does her ball routine at the...
Emma Jay performs at the 2005 US rhythmic nationals. Page 9.
Handle Competition Nerves Like a Pro
How to handle nerves for a gymnastics competition, and set yourself up to perform confidently.
Upcoming Gymnastics Competitions
Upcoming gymnastics competitions and meets in 2014 and beyond.
Rudi
What a rudi in gymnastics is -- the definition of the move rudi
8 Gymnastics Strength Workouts That Are...
Nobody loves gymnastics conditioning -- but there are plenty of ways to make it a lot more fun. Here are our favorite gymnastics strength training routines.
Olympic Gymnastics Medalists
The Olympic gymnastics medalists in men's gymnastics, women's gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.
Sasha Artemev (USA) doing a flair on the pommel...
A gymnastics photo of Alexander (Sasha) Artemev on the pommel horse. Page 16.
Xiao Yiming (China) performs a ring leap with...
Xiao Yiming of China competes hoop at the 2008 Olympic Test Event. Page 15.
Shin Soo Ji (South Korea) performs a beautiful...
Shin Soo Ji performs with the rope in a rhythmic gymnastics competition. Page 38.
The Lowdown on Olympic Champ Shannon Miller
Gymnast Shannon Miller's competitive highlights, gymnastics career, and more
Kyla Ross
Kyla Ross is a 2012 Olympic gymnast -- and an Olympic gold medalist.
Svetlana Khorkina
All about gymnast Svetlana Khorkina -- a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic champion in gymnastics
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.
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.

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