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Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a collection of sporting disciplines involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength, agility and coordination. The most recognised form is the Artistic gymnastics discipline typically involving exercises on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, and vault (for women); and high bar, parallel bars, still rings, floor exercise, vault, and pommel horse (for men). This form evolved from exercises used by the ancient Greeks, including skills for mounting and dismounting a horse, and circus performance skills. Other major Olympic Gymnastics disciplines include Trampolining and Rhythmic gymnastics.

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Elizabeth Paisieva performing with a ribbon
Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which single competitors or pairs, trios or even more (generally five) manipulate one or two apparatuses: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, theatrical dance, and apparatus manipulation. The victor is the participant who earns the most points, as awarded by a panel of judges, for leaps, balances, pivots, flexibility, apparatus handling, and artistic effect.

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Alicia Sacramone performs on the balance beam at the 2008 U.S. National Championships in Boston, MA.
Alicia Marie Sacramone (born December 3, 1987) is an American retired artistic gymnast. Sacramone began gymnastics at the age of eight, started competing in the elite ranks in 2002, and joined the U.S. national team in 2003. At the USA Gymnastics National Championships from 2004 to 2008, she won twelve medals, including four golds on vault and two golds on floor exercise. At the World Championships from 2005 to 2007, she won seven medals, including a floor exercise gold in 2005 and a team gold in 2007. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she won a team silver medal. In 2010, Sacramone made a comeback by winning the National Championship on vault. Later in 2010 at the World Championships, she won the world title on vault as well. Her gold gave her a total of nine medals overall, joining Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin as the U.S. athletes with the most medals at the gymnastics world championships, until the US team won gold in the team finals at the 2011 World Championships. Though she was injured and could not compete, she still received a medal as an official member of the U.S. team, earning her tenth world medal and making her the most decorated U.S. gymnast in the history of the World Championships. Sacramone was noteworthy for supportive leadership of her teammates as well as outspoken remarks in interviews.

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