Gymnastics is a sport which includes athletic tasks requiring training in coordination, agility, strength and balance. Popularized in ancient Greece, gymnastics began as a form of training and slowly became an exhibition of strength and agility in both groups and individuals. There are multiple events which are meant to exhibit gymnastic ability, including routines such as a vault, uneven bars, balancing beams, or floor events which resemble a dance. Having never been absent from the Summer Olympic Games, gymnasts and their routines continue to be one of the most anticipated and watched events.

When are the gymnastics Olympics?


Gymnastics within the Olympics are held during the Summer Olympics in an indoor facility and are held every four years. The Winter and Summer Olympics are two years apart and the next Summer Olympics are in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

When was gymnastics invented?

Gymnastics started to see a major interest as a sport in the 19th century but dates back all the way to the Greeks in the fifth century BC which was used for hand-to-hand combat by soldiers to increase muscle development.

What are the gymnastics events?

Men are competing in six different floor and equipment events: floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, hammer, parallel bars, and horizontal bar, and women are competing in four different free-standing and equipment events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise.

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5’6” | 1.68 m
March 28, 1958
Bart Conner
168.000
1958.00
18000
3D
Bart Conner
4’11” | 1.50 m
September 9, 1978
Gina Gogean
150.000
1978.00
700
3D
Gina Gogean
5’5” | 1.65 m
August 19, 1991
Jacob Dalton
165.000
1991.00
1200
3D
Jacob Dalton
5’4” | 1.63 m
January 3, 1989
Kōhei Uchimura
163.000
1989.00
5100
3D
Kōhei Uchimura
5’5” | 1.65 m
September 8, 1987
Marcel Nguyen
165.000
1987.00
6200
3D
Marcel Nguyen
5’9” | 1.75 m
March 10, 1961
Mitch Gaylord
175.000
1961.00
3700
3D
Mitch Gaylord
5’4” | 1.63 m
November 12, 1961
Nadia Comăneci
163.000
1961.00
243000
3D
Nadia Comăneci
5’3” | 1.60 m
October 30, 1989
Nastia Liukin
160.000
1989.00
54000
3D
Nastia Liukin
4’11” | 1.50 m
May 16, 1955
Olga Korbut
150.000
1955.00
32000
3D
Olga Korbut
5’8” | 1.73 m
July 23, 1987
Philipp Boy
173.000
1987.00
5400
3D
Philipp Boy
4’8” | 1.42 m
March 14, 1997
Simone Biles
142.000
1997.00
526000
3D
Simone Biles
5’5” | 1.65 m
January 19, 1979
Svetlana Khorkina
165.000
1979.00
12000
3D
Svetlana Khorkina
Jacob Dalton
Scaled height comparison illustration of Jacob Dalton in relation to other gymnasts

Jacob Dalton may not hold several Olympic titles, but the retired American gymnast has one thing that will forever remain in the Olympic games: a skill in parallel bars that was added in the International Men's Gymnastic Code of Points. He is an important member of the U.S. National Team and the University of Oklahoma Gymnastics. In college, he took home the floor and vault titles in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's gymnastic competition. Jacob is a two-time U.S. National vault champion, one-time floor champion, one-time All-round Gold medalist, one-time bronze medalist, and one-time silver medalist on the floor exercise. He also helped the USA team win a bronze medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship in 2011.

Jacob Dalton has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Group of drawings of Jacob Dalton in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Jacob Dalton may not hold several Olympic titles, but the retired American gymnast has one thing that will forever remain in the Olympic games: a skill in parallel bars that was added in the International Men's Gymnastic Code of Points. He is an important member of the U.S. National Team.

Jacob Dalton has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

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Jacob Dalton
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2009-2017

Birthday
August 19, 1991

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Jacob Dalton standing, gymnastics (various)

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Bart Conner
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Bart Conner with other related gymnasts

Like most gymnasts, Bart Conner started gymnastics at a young age, winning titles such as the U.S. Junior National Championships and U.S. Gymnastics Federation All-Around championship. Today, he is the most decorated American retired Olympic gymnast with more honor than medals. Bart owns two gold medals won while with the U.S. men's gymnastic team in parallel bars and all-around. He has received the Congressional Gold Medal besides being inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, United States Olympic & Paralympic (USOC) Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, and USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame for his gymnastic achievements.

Bart Conner has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

Drawings of Bart Conner in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Like most gymnasts, Bart Conner started gymnastics at a young age, winning titles such as the U.S. Junior National Championships and U.S. Gymnastics Federation All-Around championship. Today, he is the most decorated American retired Olympic gymnast with more honor than medals.

Bart Conner has a height of 5’6” (1.68 m).

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Bart Conner
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1972-1984

Birthday
March 28, 1958

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Bart Conner standing, gymnastics (various)

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Nastia Liukin
Scaled height comparison illustration of Nastia Liukin in relation to other gymnasts

Nastia Liukin might be retired from gymnastics, but the Russian-American is still famous for being among three Americans who took home the most medals in a single Olympic game. Besides, she has been an all-around U.S. national champion on four occasions and possesses nine World Championship medals, five Olympic gold medals, two world championship titles on the balance beam, one world championship title on the uneven bars, and one Olympic All-Around Championship. On the track, Liukin was famous for her flexibility and long, expressive lines. Having retired, she engages in sharpening young gymnasts through the Nastia Liukin event.

Nastia Liukin has a height of 5’3” (1.60 m).

Group of drawings of Nastia Liukin in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Nastia Liukin might be retired from gymnastics, but the Russian-American is still famous for being among three Americans who took home the most medals in a single Olympic game. Besides, she has been an all-around U.S. national champion on four occasions and possesses five Olympic gold medals.

Nastia Liukin has a height of 5’3” (1.60 m).

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Nastia Liukin
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2002-2012

Birthday
October 30, 1989

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Nastia Liukin standing, gymnastics (various)

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Simone Biles
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Simone Biles with other related gymnasts

Simone Biles is probably the only female USA gymnast to take home world medals in every gymnastic event. Hence, considered the greatest gymnast alive. She is also famous for executing challenging skills with precision. She holds a collection of thirty World Championship and Olympic medals besides being a five-time World floor exercise champion, five-time World all-around champion, six-time United States national all-around champion, two-time World vault champion, three-time World balance beam champion, three-time World silver medalist, and three-time World bronze medalist. Simone holds the most World medals and World gold medals at twenty-five and nineteen, respectively.

Simone Biles has a height of 4’8” (1.42 m).

Drawings of Simone Biles in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Simone Biles is probably the only female USA gymnast to take home world medals in every gymnastic event. Hence, considered the greatest gymnast alive. She is also famous for executing challenging skills with precision. She holds a collection of thirty World Championship and Olympic medals.

Simone Biles has a height of 4’8” (1.42 m).

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Simone Biles
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 2011—

Birthday
March 14, 1997

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Simone Biles standing, gymnastics (various)

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Kōhei Uchimura
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Kōhei Uchimura with other related gymnasts

Several gymnasts today hold distinguished records in the sport, but the Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura has more than just records. Kōhei won Olympic medals seven times, including three gold and four silver in the all-around, team, and floor exercise plus twenty-one World medals in all-round, floor exercise, team, parallel bars, and horizontal bar. Besides, he is also renowned as the first gymnast of either sex to win all-round titles during a single Olympic cycle (from 2009 to 2016). In the field, he is celebrated for his extraordinary elegance, consistency, and execution of difficult routines. From 2008 to 2016, Uchimura won a medal either in the Olympic Games or the World Championship.

Kōhei Uchimura has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

Drawings of Kōhei Uchimura in a range of gymnastic positions labeled with overall height
Several gymnasts today hold distinguished records in the sport, but the Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura has more than just records. Kōhei won Olympic medals seven times, including three gold and four silver in the all-around, team, and floor exercise plus twenty-one World medals.

Kōhei Uchimura has a height of 5’4” (1.63 m).

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Kōhei Uchimura
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Nationality: Japan

Years Active: 2007—

Birthday
January 3, 1989

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