NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY
On the third Saturday in September, National Gymnastics Day focuses on a sport the Greeks developed in the 5th century B.C.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY
Share stories about celebrated gymnasts, or encourage a gymnast you know. Attend a gymnastic competition near you. Share your experiences in gymnastics. While you’re cheering on your favorite gymnast, be sure to take photos and video. Share them using #NationalGymnasticsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY HISTORY
Gymnastics Day began in 1998 as a way to encourage gymnasts and bring awareness about the sport.
Q. What events do gymnasts compete in?
A. Women and men compete in different events when they compete. Women compete in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. Men compete in six events including floor exercise, still rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, and pommel horse.
Q. Who are some accomplished gymnasts?
A. Simone Biles, Paul Hamm, Kohei Uchimura, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Valeri Liukin, are just a few.
Q. When was gymnastics introduced as an Olympic event?
A. Gymnastics was included as an event at the first Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
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