Gymnastics factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Sunday July 11, 2004 7:47PM; Updated: Thursday August 12, 2004 4:25AM
ATHENS (Reuters) -- Factbox on artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Gymnastics is one of the oldest Olympic sports. It formed part of the ancient Olympic Games and has always featured in the modern editions. The term "gymnastics" derives from the Greek word "gymnos," meaning naked.
In 1881, Belgium, France and the Netherlands formed a gymnastics federation which expanded into a European federation in 1897 and into the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) with the admission of the United States in 1921.
Artistic gymnastics is a popular sport in Eastern Europe, with the former Soviet Union dominating the sport for many years. United States athletes have also proved to be strong competitors in recent years.
Romania's Nadia Comaneci changed the face of artistic gymnastics during the 1976 Montreal Olympics when she scored the first perfect 10.
Rhythmic gymnasts became an Olympic discipline in 1984 in Los Angeles and trampoline was added to the Games in Sydney in 2000.
Artistic gymnastics and trampoline for men and women, rhythmic gymnastics for women.
Men: Team competition, individual all-round, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar, pommel horse, floor exercise, rings.
Women: Team competition, individual all-round, vault, floor exercise, balance beam, asymmetric bars.
Rhythmic: Team, individual
Trampoline: Individual, men and women
Team: China (Yang Wey, Zheng Lihui, Li Xiaopeng, Xing Aowei, Huang Xu, Xiao Junfeng)
All-round: Alexei Nemov (Russia)
Vault: Gervasio Deferr (Spain)
Parallel bars: Li Xiaopeng (China)
Horizontal bar: Alexei Nemov (Russia)
Pommel horse: Marius Urzica (Romania)
Floor exercise: Igors Vihrovs (Latvia)
Rings: Szilveszter Csollany (Hungary)
Team: Romania (Andreea Raducan, Maria Olaru, Simona Amanar, Loredana Boboc, Andreea Isarescu, Maria Presacan)
All-round: Simona Amanar (Romania)
Vault: Elena Zamolodchikova (Russia)
Floor exercise: Elena Zamolodchikova (Russia)
Balance beam: Liu Xuan (China)
Asymmetric bars: Svetlana Khorkina (Russia)
Team: Russia (Irina Belova, Elena Chalamova, Natalia Lavrova, Maria Netessova, Vera Shimanskaya, Irina Zilber)
Individual: Yulia Barsukova (Russia)
Men: Alexandre Moskalenko (Russia)
Women: Irina Karavaeva (Russia)
August 14: Men's qualification
August 15: Women's qualification
August 16: Men's team final
August 17: Women's team final
August 18: Men's all-round final
August 19: Women's all-round final
August 22: Men's floor exercise final
Women's vault final
Men's pommel horse final
Women's asymmetric bars final
Men's rings final
August 23: Men's vault final
Women's balance beam final
Men's parallel bars final
Women's floor exercise final
Men's horizontal bar final
August 26: Individual all-round qualification
Team all-round qualification
August 27: Individual all-round qualification
August 28: Team all-round final
August 29: Individual all-round final
August 20: Women's competition
August 21: Men's competition
Artistic gymnastics and trampoline will be held at the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens main Olympic complex, which has 17,500 seats.
Rhythmic gymnastics will be staged at the Galatsi Olympic Hall in northern Athens, which has a capacity of 6,400.
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