History of Rhythmic Gymnastics
Back in the 1800s, rhythmic gymnastics was placed as one of the variants of group gymnastics. Then in 1930s, it emerged as the first experimental competitions in Eastern Europe.
Rhythmic gymnastics came from different art forms like classical ballet such as arabesques, also the Swedish method of incorporating free exercise in order to develop rhythm.
In 1963, the FIG recognised this as an official event and in 1964 an international tournament was organised in Budapest.
Ludmila Savinkova became the first world rhythmic gymnastics champion.
In 1984, the sport was included in Olympic Games. Since then it has been a part of the entire event.
In the first year, Lori Fung from Canada bagged the gold medal.
Equipment for Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Hoop: It should be made of wood or plastic. The inner diameter can vary from 80 to centimetres. It should weigh at least 300 grams.
- Ball: It should be made of soft plastic or rubber and diameter should be 18-20 centimetres. Weight – 400 grams at least.
- Rope: The rope has no set length as it is relative to the height of the gymnast.
- Clubs: Two bottle-shaped clubs are used by the gymnasts. It looks like a bowling pin only much slender and the height is 40-50 centimetres. It is made of plastic or wood and weigh at least 150 grams.
- Ribbon: A single 7 metre ribbon made of satin is used. The ribbon is supposed to be in a fluid motion during the entire performance.
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