From the series Inside the World of Sports
Grade Range: 7th – 12th
Page Count: 80
Lexile Level: 1360L
Once a discipline for training soldiers for combat, gymnastics has evolved into a sport that emphasizes not only strength but also artistry and grace as well. Modern gymnasts compete with the lofty goal of someday making it to the Summer Olympic Games, where gymnastics are one of the most popular events. Athletes from countries like Russia, Romania and Japan dominated the sport through most of the 20th century, with stars like Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Vitaly Scherbo and K?hei Uchimura. American stars have emerged more recently, following the triumph of Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Since, athletes like Paul Hamm, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson and Gabby Douglas have followed in her footsteps. Fans continue to be drawn to the incredible strength, agility and grace of these athletes.
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