(Last Updated on : 23/01/2014)
History of Gymnastics
is closely associated with Greek. There are also activities like rope climbing were part of the ancient Olympics. The Greek method of physical culture spread with the rise of Roman Empire. The sport was declined for more than 1, 500 years and it was revived by men like Guts, Muthsan and ting. The modern gymnastics was developed in Germany, but most successful nations in this aspect have been Russia, Czechoslovakia and Japan. The International Gymnastic Federation in 1881 was formed, and the first championship was held in 1903 at Antwerp.
It lot time to grow in the club area, but it was growing fast in Turvereins and Sokols. The sport of gymnastics was introduced to United States in the year 1830 in 1881, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) was set up, which was later renamed as Bureau of the European Gymnastics Federation. This organization pioneered the international competition. In 1883, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was formed in United States. Along with other amateur sports, this organization took care of gymnastics as well. The first huge scale competition was the 1896 Olympics at Athens, Greece. The team from Germany has been dominant for this Olympic. Following the Olympics the first international events were held at Antwep, Belgium, in the year 1903. By the year 1930, the 9th World Championship took place at Luxembourg, the gymnastic competition included track and field events such as pole vault, broad jump, shot put, rope climb, and 100-meter dash. With this track events
and field events
began to disappear from gymnastic events, like World Championships. They fully disappeared from the sport of gymnastics by 1954 World Championships.
In the year 1924, the France Olympic marked the beginning of what they are today. In the sport of gymnastics, men and women began to compete for individual Olympic titles in each gymnastic event. The first ever women gymnast team debuted during the 1928 Olympics. The game was dominated by the Netherlands. The rhythmic gymnastics, in 1962, were recognized as a sport by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The first Rhythmic World Championship took place in Budapest, Hungary in the year 1963. The competition included 28 athletes from 10 nations. USA in 1973 joined the sport of rhythmic gymnastics during the Rhythmic World Championships. During the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the rhythmic individual all-around competition was held for the first time. At the Centennial Olympics this year in Atlanta, the rhythmic group event will be a medal-sport for the first time
In 1970, the United States Gymnastics Federation, now formally known as USA Gymnastics, was organized and became the governing body on this sport in the U.S. It is still exist today.