Gymnastics ATHENS 2004 Gymnastics
Gymnastics is one of the
oldest Olympic sports. It has always been a part of the ancient,
as well as the modern Olympic Games.
The term “gymnastics” derives from the Greek word “gymnos”,
meaning naked. This is also the root of the word “gymnasium”,
which was a training area where athletes gathered to exercise,
compete in sports and receive training in philosophy, music
Grace, rhythm, skill and dynamic movement are only some of
the characteristics of Gymnastics, one of the most popular
sports of the Olympic Games. Athletes, with or without the
accompaniment of music and only with their body or with the
use of apparatus, perform a series of exercises where art
and sport coexist, thereby attracting millions of fans.
Gymnastics disciplines that have developed internationally
are: Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline,
Sports Acrobatics, Sports Aerobics and General Gymnastics.
The programme of the Olympic Games only includes Artistic
Gymnastics for men and women, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline
Individual for men and women.
During the ATHENS 2004 Games, Gymnastics disciplines will
be held in the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens Olympic Sports
Complex (Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline), which has a
seating capacity of 15,000 and at the Galatsi Olympic Hall
(Rhythmic Gymnastics) that has a seating capacity of 6,000.
Artistic Gymnastics will be concluded over eight competition
days, from 14 to 23 August, with the participation of 98 men
and 98 women athletes from about 35 countries.
Trampoline will be held on 20 and 21 August with the participation
of 16 men and 16 women athletes from about 20 countries.
Rhythmic Gymnastics will be held from 26 to 29 August
with the participation of 80 gymnasts from approximately 20
countries. On 24 August a gala will be held at the Olympic
Indoor Hall, with the participation of the Olympic Champions
and World Champions in Gymnastics.(Source:The official
website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games)
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.