Gymnastics at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Gymnastics
at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
Gymnastics (Artistic), Tokyo 2020.svg Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Tokyo 2020.svg Gymnastics (Trampoline), Tokyo 2020.svg
Pictograms for artistic gymnastics (left), rhythmic gymnastics (center), and trampolining (right)
VenueAriake Gymnastics Centre
Dates24 July – 8 August 2021
No. of events18
Competitors324 (114 men, 210 women from 63 nations
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Image of the stadium

Gymnastics at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo was held in three categories: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining. After Months of waiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer Olympics were finally held in Tokyo 2021 at the Olympic Gymnastic Centre. Spectators were unable to attend, making this the smallest olympic crowd. "After waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple pleas for cancellation, a recent surge of coronavirus cases in Japan and an official name that went out of date, the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics are finally on. "[1]

The programme for 2020 remained unchanged from 2016, despite an application from the FIG for the admission of a new parkour based event. The application had proved contentious with specialist parkour or freerunning organisations lobbying for the sport not to be included, and to be recognized as an entirely separate sport from gymnastics.[2]

Originally planned as a temporary venue, in 2016, the Tokyo 2020 authorities confirmed the Olympic Gymnastic Centre would become a permanent venue, functioning as a convention centre after the Games. Before its refurbishment, the venue was also expected to host the Boccia event at the 2020 Summer Paralympics.[3]

Simone Biles withdrew from team competition after its start on Tuesday due to medical issues. "She has since withdrawn for all the other competitions she had been eligible for, except the beam, which takes place on Tuesday."[4] Without Simone Team USA dropped to second place making room for Russia to take gold. During qualifying rounds the Russian team surprised Team USA with their skills. During warmups Team USA made mistakes that were unlike them due to nerves. "Russia finished with a total score of 169.528, more than 3 points ahead of the United States, which won silver, at 166.096. Britain won the bronze medal with a score of 164.096."[5] The United States has dominated the sport with their winning streak since 2010 when they lost to Russia. While Team USA looked to have a chance at gold at the final rotation, but due to a fall from Jordan Chiles they couldn't pull ahead.

While the Mens USA Gymnastics team though the energy of a crowd-less arena, "Honestly, it was pretty chill," former University of Minnesota athlete Shane Wiskus said. "It's still the Olympic Games. There's still pressure there. But it just felt like another day in the gym."[6], they sadly placed fourth in the overall completion. They were beat out by Japan, China, and Russia for the medals. With routines not as strong as the other countries gymnasts Team USA had no chance of winning Gold. "The U.S. cannot match the difficulty of the routines performed by those nations, making it a long shot to earn a medal."[7]

Scoring gymnasts routines is actually quite simple once you learn the specific skills that the gymnastics perform. Routines are made up of skills eight for the women and ten for the men. This applies to every event except vault which is only one skill. Each skill has a set number of points that it is worth. The first thing a judge will look at is the "D score" which is the start value of a routine. " This is the sum total of the skills in the routine. So the higher the D score, the harder the routine was. While the D score is, theoretically, open-ended, they’ll range from the 5s to the mid-6s at the Olympics. Occasionally you’ll see someone with a D score in the 7s, but it’s a rarity."[8] The next score calculated is called the "E score" which is also known as the execution score. This is where judges will deduct points off for flaws within the routines such as, bent legs, falls, and even going out of bounds. Both the D score and the E score will be added together to determine the gymnasts final score for that specific event. After all four events are completed the scores of all four events will be added together to reveal the gymnasts total scores.

There was one unbroken tie in artistic gymnastics: bronze in the women's floor final.

  1. ^ "Preview unavailable - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  2. ^ International Gymnastics Federation present parkour for Olympic inclusion at Tokyo 2020, from insidethegames.biz
  3. ^ Tokyo 2020 Gymnastic Centre will no longer be temporary venue, from insidethegames.biz
  4. ^ "US gymnast Simone Biles pulls out of individual - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Preview unavailable - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Olympics: US men cling to gymnastics medal hopes - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Olympics: US men cling to gymnastics medal hopes - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Preview unavailable - ProQuest". www.proquest.com. Retrieved 11 October 2021.

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