ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS FORMATIn Olympic competition there are 98 men and 98 women. Men compete on6 apparatus: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.Women compete on 4 apparatus: vault, uneven bars, balance beam andfloor. Competition is divided into sessions: team qualifying, team finals, all-around finals and apparatus finals.In the team event there are 12 mens and 12 womens teams with fivegymnasts in each team. During qualifying rounds four gymnasts competeon each apparatus and three of their scores count. Scores determine thetop eight teams who advance to the team finals and which individualgymnasts advance to the all-around and apparatus finals.In the team finals gymnasts compete on all apparatus and the scoresdetermine the team competition medallists.In the all-around finals, individual gymnasts perform on all apparatus. Theirscores from all events are added together and the gymnasts with the threehighest totals are awarded medals.In the individual competition, the top 24 all-around gymnasts (max 2 percountry) advance to the all-around final. The top eight gymnasts on eachindividual apparatus (max 2 per country) advance to the finals. In vault,gymnasts must show two vaults with only one counting towards team andall-around competition. In the apparatus finals, the top eight gymnasts oneach event compete for medals.To obtain scores, one panel of judges starts from 0 and adds points forrequirements, difficulty and connections. A second panel of judges startsfrom 10 and deducts for execution and artistry. The final score is the sumof the two.http://london2012.olympics.com.au/sports/gymnastics-artisticAustralia and Olympic GymnasticsThe first Australian Olympic gymnasts competed in Melbourne in 1956. JiWallace won Australia’s first medal in gymnastics when he came second in themen’s trampoline in the sport’s debut at the Sydney Games in 2000.Australia has never won a medal in artistic or rhythmic gymnastics, with a bestplacing of sixth from the womens artistic team in Beijing 2008. The teams alsoplaced seventh at Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000.
London 2012, particularly with the women’s artistic athletes, could see Australia’sbreakthrough artistic medal.Olympic HistoryGymnastics appeared in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 1896. Thesport has been on the Olympic program ever since, with women first competingin Amsterdam 1928.It is one of only five sports to continually feature at the Olympics since Athens1896. The others are athletics, cycling, fencing and swimming.Rhythmic gymnastics slowly emerged from the shadow of the long-establishedartistic discipline to enter the Olympic program in 1984.Trampoline competitions for both men and women were added as an Olympicgymnastics discipline and made their debut at the 2000 Sydney Games.http://corporate.olympics.com.au/sports/gymnasticsGeorgia BonoraAge: 22Stat VICe:Team Competition