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Rhythmic Gymnastics

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This graceful form of gymnastics began as a means of movement and expression at the end of the 19th and early 20th century.  As a sport, Rhythmic Gymnastics started in the former Soviet Union during the 1940's.  It was recognized by the International Gymnastics Federation in 1961.  World Championships have been conducted since 1963 (Budapest, Hungary).  The first Olympic Games to feature rhythmic gymnastics was in 1984 in Los Angeles, USA, with Canadian and British Columbian, Lori Fung being the first gymnast in the History of RG to take an Olympic title (Los Angeles).

Rhythmic Gymnastics Facts

  • Three Routines: Free, Ball, Choice
  • Gymnasts compete individually or in groups. 
  • Provincial and Western Stream Athletes

Today, rhythmic gymnastics is witnessing rapid development with young people.  Rhythmics challenges expressive young women to perform with the technical handling of the apparatus as well as the perfect mastery of body expression.  There are four exercises competed on a floor exercise mat that is 13 m x 13 m and is cushioned similar to the Artistic Gymnastics floor.  Each exercise is accompanied by music.  The apparatus are the rope, the hoop, the ball, the clubs and the ribbon.  Gymnasts compete individually or in groups. 

At the BC Winter Games female athletes are 9-11 years old . The format consists of individual and group competition. Individual competition consists of free, ball and choice routines with the group competition being a ball routine.  

The BC Games offers unique event exposure to rising stars at key stages in their development and is often an inspiring step on the road to elite level competitions.  
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