Rythmic gymnastics was introduced as an individual sport in 1984 and in 1996 as a team event in the Olympic games.
It is rhythmic gymnastics. It is an Olympic sport that combines dance with gymnastics. In the sport you manipulate hand apparatuses (hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon, and rope). There is no tumbling allowed.
Yes, gymnastics is a Summer Olympic sport.
No, hardly any people in the UK know of rhythmic gymnastics, anyway.
Rhythmic gymnastics debuted at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Only one event was competed, that being the individual all-around. The gold medalist was Lori Fung of Canada.
In 1814, Per Henrik Ling developed rhythmic gymnastics out of a Swedish system of free exercise. In 1837 Catherine Beecher developed a program where women would use this free exercise with music. In 1864, Dio Lewis extended this exercise by the use of hoops or clubs. In 1906 rhythmic gymnastics was introduced to North America. Women were allowed into the Olympic Games in 1928. In 1945 Rhythmic gymnastics was a accepted sport in the Soviet Union. Also in 1945, Canada had a rythmics program. In 1948, mens rhythmic gymnastics was originated in Japan. Rhythmic gymnastics was given its own medal standings in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics. In 1981, the sport was officially included into the Olympics. In 1990, rhythmic gymnastics was officially a sport for the Special Olympics
Gymnastics became an Olympic sport in 1896. When the Olympic movement was resurrected at the first Olympics Games in Athens in 1896, gymnastics made a fitting return. Germany, which was key in developing apparatus gymnastics, won most of the medals as men from five countries competed in the horizontal bar, parallel bars, pommel horse, rings and vault.
Four: men's artistic gymnastics, women's artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics.