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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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Chellsie Memmel performs on the balance beam at the 2008 U.S. National Championships in Boston
Chellsie Marie Memmel (born June 23, 1988 in West Allis, Wisconsin) is a retired American gymnast. She is the 2005 World All-Around Champion, making her the third American woman, after Kim Zmeskal and Shannon Miller, to become World Champion in the All-Around. She is also a World Champion on the uneven bars (2003) and as part of the U.S. team (2003). She is a member of the United States' 2008 Olympic women's gymnastics team.

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