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GymnasticsThe 4 Main Events, by Hadley Humphrey
Why I Chose GymnasticsGymnastics is one of my favorite sports. When I was three years old I started doing summersaults and pullovers and circuit routines. This is a fun sport because I get to do lots of flips and try them over and over to land them.Gymnastics was at the 1st Olympics.Mary Lou Retton won the 1st all-around gold medal for the USA.Womens Olympic gymnastics has 4 events.Only women practice rhythmic gymnastics competitively.Trampolining started in the Olympics in 2000.
Gymnastics is the oldest sports. organization in the world.You cannot get a Perfect 10 anymore.Gymnastics is 2,000 years old.Gymnastics was first introduced into the United States in the 1830s.The U.S. Women first competed in 1936 at the Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
Bars are difficult to do because you have to get to the high bar without falling and your legs cant touch the ground.Uneven Bars
You do lots of flips and tumble a lot. You have to be flexible and you have to do handstands and cartwheels.Floor
To be good at the beam you have to make sure you stay balanced. To work on balance you bend your knees when you land.Beam
For vault you have to run super fast and flip over the vault. Strong arms are important because you have to hold yourself up and push off the vault.Vault