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Gymnastics 101: Basics

Gabby Douglas on uneven bars at 2012 London Olympics
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Gymnastics 101: Basics

Learn more about the sport of gymnastics. 

12 men's teams and 12 women's teams (with a maximum of five athletes per team) compete in the Olympic artistic gymnastics competition.

In addition, 76 individual competitors (38 men and 38 women) from other countries may compete, for a maximum of 98 men and 98 women. Competitors must turn 16 by Dec. 31, 2016. 

Over four phases of competition, fourteen gold medals will be awarded.

PHASES OF COMPETITION 

Phase

Name

Competition I

Qualification

Competition IV

Team Finals

Competition II

All-Around Finals

Competition III            

Event Finals 

 

MEDAL EVENTS 

 

Men 

Women

Team

Team

All-Around

All-Around

Floor

Vault

Pommel Horse             

Uneven Bars

Rings 

Balance Beam     

Vault

Floor Exercise

Parallel Bars 

 

High Bar

 

Total: 14

 

 

Gymnastics 101

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