Rhythmic gymnastics is another of the beguiling sports combining athletics with artistry and music. The delicate poise and the grace of the women gymnasts mask the ruthless training regime required to achieve the perfect synthesis of sport and art.
Rhythmic gymnastics is all about developing a personal style and the ability to get one's own artistic message and charisma across to the audience. All routines are performed to music, and an apparatus – a ball, club, hoop, ribbon or rope – must be kept in constant motion. Movements with great variety of shape, amplitude, direction, plane and speed need to be performed by the athletes.
Rhytmic Gymnastics features in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for details about when it is scheduled.
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Talent and training ...
The spectacular appeal of rhythmic gymnastics with its grace, harmony and beauty is enormous. At the world class level, the difficulty of body movements performed in combination with skillful handling of the apparatus is fascinating. In order to get to this level, a rhythmic gymnast needs natural talent plus the ability to handle hard training which develops strength, flexibility, jumping abilities, spatial orientation, stamina, and great handling skills with the apparatus.
In the Olympics as well as in The World Games ...
Four individual rhythmic gymnastic events, one per apparatus (four out of the five: ball, club, hoop, ribbon and rope) are contested separately in The World Games. An individual all-round and the group events are part of the Olympic program.
Champion of champions ...
In The World Games 2009 Kaohsiung Eugenia Kanayeva, RUS, won gold in every apparatus. Kanayeva was also Olympic Champion in the all-round event of 2008 Beijing.