Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
Women’s artistic gymnastics (WAG) involves a combination of acrobatics, strength and power across 4 different apparatus.
Founding father Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852) was the first to lay the foundations for the group based exercise. Individual performances then took focus at the 1936 Olympic Games and the current format was adopted at the 1952 Olympic Games, with all four apparatus.
A 25m run up must develop the necessary power to take off from the springboard, and complete aerial skills before a stable landing.
Continuous swings in both directions, above, below and between bars with multiple re-grasp elements, precede an acrobatic dismount.
Series of leaps, jumps and turns demonstrate elegance, flexibility, balance and control, before a tumbling combination to dismount.
Choreographed to music, this acrobatic routine displays tumbling, strength and balance movements connected with gymnastic artistry.