If you're looking for 2012 Olympic Games betting odds, you've come to the right place. The grace, strength and skill of Olympic gymnasts have been astonishing audiences since the Games in Ancient Greece, where Gymnastics was regarded as the perfect symmetry between mind and body. The best known of the three Gymnastics disciplines, Artistic Gymnastics is always among the most popular competitions at the Games.
Along with events to find the best teams and the best all-around performers, gymnasts will be battling for gold on individual apparatus. Men compete on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, while women compete on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.
Scores are given by a panel of judges, taking into account the degree of difficulty and the quality of the execution. Strength, flexibility and balance are keys to success in this breathtaking and hugely competitive sport.
The term "Artistic Gymnastics" was first used in the 19th century. Between its appearance at the Athens 1896 Games and the 1920s, the event evolved into what we recognize as modern Gymnastics. The men's individual apparatus and team competitions first appeared at the Paris 1924 Games; a women's team event was introduced in 1928, with women's individual apparatus competitions added in 1952.
At London 2012, the Artistic Gymnastics competition will be held at the state-of-the-art North Greenwich Arena on the River Thames, which will also host the Trampoline Gymnastics competition and the closing stages of the Basketball tournament.
One of just two women-only disciplines in the Olympic Games (the other is Synchronized Swimming), Rhythmic Gymnastics is a combination of gymnastics and dance. Competitors perform short routines to music using hand apparatus - a ball, clubs, a hoop and a ribbon - on a floor area measuring 13m by 13m. Scores are awarded in three categories: difficulty, artistry and execution.
The first World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships were held in Budapest in 1963, just over two decades before the discipline made its Olympic debut at the Los Angeles Games of 1984. A group event was added to the program at the Atlanta 1996 Games.
At London 2012, the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition will take place at Wembley Arena, a world-class multi-purpose venue that will have a capacity of 6,000 spectators.
Gymnasts perform a series of short routines, which contain a variety of twists, bounces and somersaults. Precise technique and perfect body control are vital for success, with judges delivering marks for difficulty, execution and flight time.
Each individual competition for men and women features two phases: the qualification round and the final round. Athletes perform two routines in the qualification round. The eight athletes with the best scores advance to the finals for one more routine, which determines the results of the competition.
Trampoline Gymnastics is a relative newcomer on the Olympic program: it made its debut at Sydney in 2000. At London 2012, the competition will be held at the state-of-the-art North Greenwich Arena on the River Thames, which will also host the Artistic Gymnastics competition and the closing stages of the Basketball tournament.
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