Your 2012 guide to Olympic gymnastics – Artistic, Rhythmic & Trampolining


Well, The Telegraph’s guide to Artistic and Rhythmic gymnastics and to trampolining.

London 2012 Olympics:Artistic Gymnastics Guide

A nice synopsis of the history of artistic gymnastics, the apparatus and the rules – explaining that the days of the perfect 10 are behind us. Further down the article it offers some “gymnastics jargon” such as “release”, “salto” and “arabesque”. It offers some more background information on previous Olympians and random facts.

Beth Tweddle, Daniel Keatings, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis are listed as the “ones to watch”(no Dan Keatings?) and also  cites the current scoring system as an Key International Issue. Also addressed is the issue of the need for more investment into gyms and clubs throughout Britain.

Where are the chances?

British Gymnastics has been one of country’s sporting success stories in recent years, and several athletes are sure to be challenging for a medal. On the women’s side, Beth Tweddle is hoping London 2012 will be a glorious swansong before she retires from the sport while a new generation of male gymnasts, spearheaded by Dan Keatings, Louis Smith and Daniel Purvis, should give home fans plenty to celebrate.

Biggest international rivals?

He Kexin (China), Ana Pourgras (Romania), Lauren Mitchell (Australia), Kohei Uchimura (Japan), Krisztian Berki (Hungary), Chen Yibing (China).

London 2012 Olympics:Rhythmic Gymnastics Guide

Again a nice synopsis of the background and the rules. A tad big negative stating that Team GB aren’t targeting to win any medals … I thought every athlete went into the Olympics hoping to win a medal? If they do have a rhythmic gymnast in the Games, The Telegraph thinks it will be Francesca Jones who last year was awarded an Olympic Solidarity Athlete Scholarship by the IOC.

How many medals targeted by Team GB?


Where are the chances?

Winning a medal is unthinkable. There is even doubt about whether Britain will be represented at the Games.

Key issue internationally?

The world governing body has decided to phase out the rope as a permitted piece of apparatus, leaving just the ball, hoop, clubs and ribbon. This has caused plenty of controversy internationally.

London 2012 Olympics: Trampolining Guide

Emma Smith: Courtesy of Alan Edwards F2 Images

I don’t know much about trampolining so the synopsis of the rules and background is great for those not in the know. Like rhythmic, The Telegraph says that Team GB aren’t planning on winning any medals even though the trampolinists have been getting better of late but they expect the Chinese to dominate the Games.

Where are the chances?

British trampolinists are on an upward trajectory, with a string of impressive results at World Cup events and a highly promising fourth place at the 2010 World Championships from Bryony Page. An Olympic medal is still a long-shot, but home advantage could make all the difference.

Key issue internationally?

Chinese domination. Having won both gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Chinese trampolinists have started to monopolise the major medals at international competitions.

Biggest challenge domestically?

The sport is growing in popularity but, as with artistic gymnastics, there are not enough clubs to cope with the demand.

Click on the guide titles to view the full guide on The Telegraph website.

What do you think? Are there any other British gymnasts or trampolinists who might be the ones to watch? Do you think Team GB will do better than The Telegraph have stated? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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