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This is called a "salute". Gymnasts salute the judges before and after their routines. This signifies to the judge that the gymnast is ready. Before the routine, the judge will salute the gymnast (either by raising one arm or turning on a green light) letting the gymnast know that the judges are ready to watch his/her performance; then the gymnast will salute back letting the judge know he/she is ready to perform the routine. If the gymnast starts the routine before the judge salutes, the routine is not scored. After the routine, the gymnast will salute to let the judge know that the routine is finished and they can stop judging the performance.

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