History of Gymnastics in the Olympics


Gymnastics has been in the Olympic since 1896 which evolved over the years since 1896 until today with the modern gymnastics. From the start of when gymnastics become part of the Olympics only men’s gymnastics was part of the Olympic schedule.

The Olympic women’s gymnastics competition in the paststarted12 years later in 1936 using a rounded competition. Only in 1952 did the competition allow for added separate events. In the competitions, the leading male gymnasts hailed from Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, and Italy. However, the 1950s, the Soviet Union team, countries from Eastern European and Japan began to bring forth the top female and male gymnasts.

The gymnasts who set the tone for modern gymnastics are Soviet Union’s Nadia Comaneci and Olga Korbut. Comaneci was the first to receive a perfect score in the 76 Summer Olympics that were in Montreal, Canada. She scored 4 of her perfect 10’s on the uneven bars, then followed with one in the floor exercise and two balance beam 10’s. Comaneci then became an Olympic icon to the world. Due to the popularity of the sport especially among young girls, the extensive coverage on television of the performances highlighted publicly the sport that it needed. This saw an increase in countries beginning to endorse gymnastics, mainly for women.

Men vs Women

International competitions have different events for men and for woman. There were 6 events for the men and there were 4 women. Each sex has to complete to their particular strength. Men or woman will perform an arrangement of events with the section they are demonstrating. This is then marked by a panel of judges and scores are given out accordingly. The events for men are parallel bars, long or vaulting horse, side or pommel horse, horizontal bar, floor exercise, and rings. These events highlight upper body flexibility and strength as well as acrobatics and that is why they are specially chosen for the men. The ladies events include the balance beam, vaulting horse, floor exercise and uneven bars. The events combine elegant, dance movements with acrobatic skills and strength.

Judging and scoring

The competition is judged and scored on an individual and on a team basis. The teams for the competitions internationally have six gymnasts in them. In the competition, each member of the team will need to perform and use each item of equipment that is required.

There also is a competition for an all-round title that will go to the athlete with the most points upon performing on all the various equipment. Each team member will have to complete a number of required moves on each type of equipment.

The points are awarded to each member in each event on a scale of 0 through 10. Guidelines are given to judges, although their judging is subjective. Generally four judges judge the competition and Gymnasts will attempt to perform routines in an elegant way, while trying to impress the judges.