History of Gymnastics

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

Ancient Gymnastics History __ The history of gymnastics may go back 7000 years.  A brief overview with links to related materials. - From gymnasticszone.com - http://gymnasticszone.com/ancient-gymnastics-history

Artistic Gymnastics, History of Rings __ "The rings, hanging on a rope and meant to swing, are relatively young in gymnastics tournaments. The former name “Roman rings” reminds of the older rope and pole swings of the artists and indicates Italian origins."  You will find the full history. - illustrated - From gymmedia.com - http://www.gymmedia.com/ghent2001/appa/rings/history_ri.htm

Brief Historical Account Of The History Of Gymnastics __ A brief overview of gymnastics history along with links to additional related information. - From collegesportsscholarships.com - http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/history-gymnastics.htm

A Brief History of Gymnastics __ You will find an essay about the history of gymnastics and links to many related articles. - From ezinearticles.com - http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Brief-History-of-Gymnastics&id=856213   

Essential dates of the gymnastics history __ You will find important dates related to modern gymnastic competition. - from kostiskal.net - http://www.kostiskal.net/alla/date1.html 


Gym quiz on Kostiskal: gymnastics History __ Test what you know. - From kostiskal.net - http://www.kostiskal.net/olgplay/quizk9.html 

Gymnastics247 - History of gymnastics __ A general overview of the history of gymnastics with many embedded links to related topics. - From gymnastics247.com - http://www.gymnastics247.com/history.html

Gymnastics Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography __ An encyclopedic article which includes history and links to related materials. - From localcolorart.com - http://www.localcolorart.com/encyclopedia/Gymnastics/ 

Gymnastics History __ A good look at the history of Gymnastics from ancient times till our own.  "We have been collecting gymnastics history facts for years believing that any well-rounded gymnastics coach or gymnast should have some idea how the sport has evolved to its current state. Gymnastics history has existed and been recorded in the earliest archaeological findings and has matched the rise and fall cycles of human history." - From gymnasticszone.com - http://gymnasticszone.com/GymnasticsHistory.htm 

Gymnastics: History of gymnastics equipment __ A very brief look at a reasonable answer. - From about.com - http://experts.about.com/q/Gymnastics-2245/History-gymnastics-equipment.htm?zIr=1 


HickokSports.com - History - Rhythmic Gymnastics __ "Although it's quite new as a competitive sport, rhythmic gymnastics is rooted in the very beginning of modern gymnastics. Specifically, it grew out of the Swedish system of free exercise developed in 1814 by Peter Henry Ling." - illustrated - From hickoksports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/rhythmg.shtml 

HickokSports.com - Sports History - Gymnastics 1: Ancient Gymnastics __ Overview of the history of gymnastics from its beginnings, over 2,000 years ago. - illustrated - From hickoksports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/gymnastics01.shtml 

History of Gymnastics __ You will find a brief overview of gymnastics history. - From chevroncars.com - http://www.chevroncars.com/wocc/lrn/artcl/artcl.jhtml?id=/content/Sports/a1850.xml

History of Gymnastics __ A fairly detailed overview of the history of the spor. - illustrated - From scribd.com - http://www.scribd.com/doc/23193732/History-of-Gymnastics

A History of Gymnastics __ A look at the history of Gymnastics from Roman times to today. - From talkgymnastics.co.uk - http://www.talkgymnastics.co.uk/guides/history_of_gymnastics.html

The History of Gymnastics __ This is part 1 of a three part history.  "Part 1 sweeps through the early history of gymnastics. We look at the early sources of gymnastics, and survey the movement up to the Medieval Times. Modern gymnastics is picked up in Part 2. Finally, in Part 3, we come to American Gymnastics." - illustrated - From acroschool.com - http://www.acroschool.com/Blog/?page_id=242   

History of Gymnastics: Man Gymnastics - Woman Gymnastics __ Here is a history of gymnastics along with explanations of various events for men and women. - illustrated - From ClearLead Inc. - http://www.clearleadinc.com/site/gymnastics.html  

History of Rhythmic Gymnastics __ "Rhythmic gymnastics combines ballet and creative movements to music, while working with ribbons, balls, hoops, ropes and clubs in a choreographed dance-and-tumble routine."  You will find a good overview. - From Reyna Chan - http://www.scn.org/ip/ara/history.html 

History of the Sport of Gymnastics __ "Gymanstics, as an activity sport, has been around for over 2000 years but as an competitive sport it is a little more than 100 years old."  A brief essay. - From DePaul University - http://shrike.depaul.edu/~vbard/histpg.html

History of Women's Gymnastics in the Olympics __ "Women gymnasts first entered the Olympics in 1928 as a team event. Individual events were not added until 1952 at the Helsinki Games, two years after these events were added to the World Championships."  An overview. - From ehow.com - http://www.ehow.com/facts_4965454_history-womens-gymnastics-olympics.html


An Illustrated History of Olympic Gymnastics __ "From its appearance in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and beyond, gymnastics has undergone amazing changes in equipment, types of gym, and scoring. Check out the evolution of the sport."  A slide show of Olympic gymnastics history. - illustrated - From about.com - http://gymnastics.about.com/od/olympicgymnastics/ig/Illustrated-Gymnastics-History/  

Kids Gymnastics | History | USA Olympic Team __ A lot of information in one place. - illustrated - From kidzworld.com - http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p4372.htm

USA Gymnastics :: History of Artistic Gymnastics __ "At the 1924 Games in Paris, the basis of modern Olympic gymnastics competition was firmly established. The athletes (men) began to compete for individual Olympic titles on each apparatus, as well as in combined individual and team exercises. The 1928 Games witnessed the debut of the first women’s event, the team combined exercise, won by the Netherlands. The U.S. women first competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany."  You will find a brief overview of the history of this sport. - From usagym.org - http://usagym.org/pages/home/gymnastics101/history_artistic.html?prog=pb

U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame - History __ "The Hall was initiated in 1957-1958 with the initial class being inducted in 1959. Selections today are made annually from the disciplines governed by USA Gymnastics."  A history of the hall of fame along with links to inductees and more. - From usghof.org - http://www.usghof.org/files/history.html


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