Did you know?
Rhythmic gymnastics came from many different things, like ballet. It also came from the German way of using equipment and the Swedish way having freedom to work on rhythm.
Rhythmic gymnastics became official in 1963, and in 1964, the first competition happened. A gymnast from the Soviet Union named Ludmila Savinkova won.
The first time rhythmic gymnastics was in the Olympics was in 1984 in Los Angeles. That year, a Canadian gymnast called Lori Fung won.
5 books to read about gymnastics during Christmas holiday
Take full advantage of the December holidays and dive into these books that are all about your favorite sport, gymnastics. These books will keep you entertained during your holiday and give you some inspiration you need to get back to training in January with a positive mind.
Nadia: The Girl who Couldn't Sit Still by Carlin Gray
Joyful picture book biography of the world's most celebrated gymnast Nadia Comaneci. It covers the journey of Nadia’s gymnastics career, from being an energetic five-year-old to becoming a world-famous gymnast.
Gold Medal Summer by Donna Freitas
Joey Jordan is dedicated to gymnastics and loves the thrill of performing backflips on the beam, the cheers of the audience when she sticks a landing. Even though she wants to concentrate on her training, something drastic happens in her life that sets her off the path. Now with the stress of a strict coach and her best friend, Alex wanting to quit gymnastics, she must figure out what truly matters to her.
Tumbling by Caela Carter
Inspiring story of five gymnasts with one goal that is to get through the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials. We get to see their struggles and difficulties each of them face in the competitive world of gymnastics. By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.
Courage to Soar by Simone Biles
Before she wowed the world with her incredible gymnastics skills, Simone was an energetic young girl who dreamed of becoming a top gymnast. She trained for hours every day and made many sacrifices to pursue her goals. Explore how Simone Biles went from being a kid growing up in Texas to an Olympic athlete who has won more gymnastics medals than anyone in history.
Kerri Strug and the Magnificent Seven by Kaitlin Moor
In 1996, seven gymnasts—the Magnificent Seven—were America’s best chance to win its first team gold medal. Kerri Strug is one of them. After years of training, Kerri wants to do her best for the team. But the competition is tough—and full of surprises! Can Kerri help Team USA make history?