History of Artistic Gymnastics
Gymnastics has existed for more than 2,000 years, but its development as a competitive sport began just little more than 100 years ago. During the 1800's, mass and individual exhibitions were conducted by various clubs and ethnic groups such as the Turvereins and Sok ols. In 1830s, the sport of gymnastics was introduced to United States and its school systems by such immigrants as Charles Beck, Charles Follen and Franci s Lieber. The first large-scale competition was the 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Women’s artistic gymnastics involve vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Men’s artistic gymnastics involve floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars. In competitions, you also need grips, mats, and uniforms.
The vault, formerly known as vaulting horse, is used by male as well as female gymnasts. The uneven bars or asymmetric bars is used only by female gymnasts. It is made of a metal or steel frame. The bars are made of wood, plastic, or composite materials.The Balance Beam is only used by female gymnasts. It made of a metal or steel frame and a wooden beam with a leather cover. The pommel horse is only used by male gymnasts. Originally made of a metal frame with a wooden body and a leather cover, today the frame may contain plastic or composite materials, the body is made of plastic and may be covered with synthetic materials. The rings or still rings is only used by male gymnasts. Two parallel bars form an artistic gymnastics apparatus only used by male gymnasts. The bars are supported by a metal or steel frame. The bars are made of wood or plastic or combined material.The horizontal bar or high bar is only used by male gymnasts. It is made of metal often steel.
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