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Transcript of women's gymnastics
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Vault is an artistic gymnastics apparatus, as well as a skill performed using the apparatus. Vaulting is also the action of performing a vault. The very first vault was invented by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn. The apperatus was originally called a "horse". The horse was set up with its long dimensions perpendicular to the running strip. The vaulting horse was an apparatus used in the Olympics for over a century. Gymnasts stopped using this vault after the 2000 summer Olympics, due to several serious accidents over the years. The apparatus has now changed to what is called a"vaulting table". The table is a flat, larger, and more cushioned surface, that slopes down at the end closest to the spring board and running strip. The table appears to be somewhat safer then the old apparatus. Every gymnast still uses the "Vaulting table", but who know if this will change in the future.
The Balance beam is a gymnastics apparatus. Both the apparatus and the event are commonly referred to as "Beam". The beam is 4 inches wide and 16ft long. It is raised from the floor on a stand at both ends. Most beams are usually made of leather like material. When gymnasts are learning a new skill they usually go to the low beam first. A low beam is the same dimensions but lower to the ground, unlike a high beam which can be raised to many different heights that can be very high! They also may work on practice beams, mini beams, floor beams, or sometimes on lines on a mat. In early years some gymnasts competed on beams made of basketball like material. This type of beam was eventually banned due to major slipperiness. Most gymnasts would say that beam is one of the hardest events because, not only are you doing extremely difficult tricks, but your trying to land with no wobbles, on a 4 inch wide beam.
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The uneven bars is a gymnastics apparatus. Both the apparatus and the event are usually referred to as "bars". They are made of fiber glass with a wood coating, or less commonly wood. The bars are placed at different heights so that the gymnast can jump from bar to bar. The bars require tons of strength and coordination. On the bars you will often see a gymnast wearing "grips" on there hands. Grips are a large strip of leather with a dowel and a wrist strap. Gymnasts also wear wrists bands under their wrists to prevent the wrist strap from rubbing against the skin. Grips are worn to improve the gymnasts grip on the bars and to reduce the amount of friction that causes rips and blisters
The floor is a gymnastics apparatus .This is the event with the amazing tumbling that you will see gymnasts doing pretty much anywhere. The event in gymnastics performed on floor is called "floor exercise". Most competitive gymnastics floors are spring floors. They contain springs and\or a rubber foam and plywood combination to make the floor more bouncy, soften the impact of landings, and to help gymnasts gain height while tumbling. A floor routine is 90 seconds and is always performed to music. women were not aloud to compete or perform on floor until 1948.
Gymnastics is for sure my favorite sport. To me gymnastics is an escape from the real world. As soon as I step foot in the gym, all the drama in the real world steps out. After having a hard day at school or a rough time at home, gymnastics is all I want to do. I love doing a sport I love and spending time with my teammates. Right now I don't see myself as someone who is gonna be in the Olympics, but I do see myself as someone who worked hard to get to where I'll be. To me gymnastics isn't just a sport, it's part of my life.
Mary-Lou Retton was born on January 24th 1968. She was an american gymnast and an Olympic gold medalist. Inspired by watching Nadia Commaneci on T.V. Retton took up gymnastics in her home town of Fairmont. In the 1984 summer Olympics Retton scored perfect tens on floor and vault. She also won the all around gold medal and was the first female from outside of Eastern Europe to ever win it.
Nadia Comaneci was born on November 12th 1961. She was a winner of three medals at the 1976 Olympics at the age of 14. She also was the first ever gymnast to ever score a perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics. She later received 5 more perfect tens. She also won 2 gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. She is one of the best known gymnasts in the world. She was also named one of the athletes of the century in the year of 2000
Shawn Johnson was born
on January 19th 1992. She is the 2008 Olympic beam gold medalist and all around silver medalist. She also is a three time U.S. all around champion. In January 2012, Johnson tore a major ligament in her left knee. She had surgery the following month and returned to gymnastics in may 2010. Due to continuing knee problem Shawn Johnson retired in June 2012
Gabby Douglas was born on December 31st 1995. She won gold medals in individual all around and team competitions at the 2012 Olympics. She is also the first american gymnast to win both individual all around and team competitions. Gabby is now preparing to compete in the 2016 Olympics