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Pan Am Gymnastics Artistic

Gymnastics - Artistic

Gymnastics - Artistic


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Sport Overview

Artistic gymnasts seem to defy gravity and find balance magically from impossible tumbles and twists in this combination of grace, strength, flexibility and precision. Contested both individually and as a team, men compete on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar, while women compete on floor, vault, uneven bars and balance beam.

In overall medal count for the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, the U.S. came out on top with six gold medals, followed by Mexico in second place with three gold and Brazil close behind in third with three gold medals as well.. Canada won three silver medals in the women’s competition and a bronze and silver in men’s.


History

Gymnastics’ origins can be traced back to ancient Greece, where the early Greeks practiced jumping, running, methods of mounting and dismounting horses in preparation for war. The modern version of the sport evolved at the end of the 19th century — artistic gymnastics was part of the very first Olympic Games in 1896.


How it works

Artistic gymnastics, the oldest of the three disciplines, features a combination of grace, strength, balance, flexibility and precision.

Contested both individually and as a team, gymnasts compete on a several apparatus. Men compete on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal (high) bar, while women compete on floor, vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Both men and women compete in team and all-around events.

A panel of judges award scores based on a D score and an E Score. The D score is an open score made of up difficulty, composition requirements and connection value. The E score is comprised of an execution score and artistic (for women) score to a maximum of 10. The final score is the D score plus the E score.

The all-around score is the sum of the final scores obtained from the four apparatus.

The team score is calculated in accordance with the current technical regulations that govern that competition.


Terminology

All-around
Athletes compete as individuals on all four (women) or six (men) events.

Apparatus
Piece of equipment used by the gymnast.

Chalk
Used by gymnasts on their hands and feet to absorb sweat.

Element
A single move within a routine with a recognized way of performance and technical value.

Additional Information

Additional Information