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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

There are still months to go before the 2020 Summer Olympics get underway in Tokyo on July 24. However, eyes are already turning to the hopeful athletes who are making their cases for inclusion in the Olympic team this year. Nothing is certain in sports, of course. But there would have to be a considerable upset for the United States’ most decorated gymnast of all time, 22 year-old Simone Biles, to be shut out. There is expected to be even fiercer competition than usual for spots on the US Women’s Gymnastics team this year, after the national team event roster sizes for the 2020 Olympic Games were cut from five to four. Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, with our proud Olympic history, is paying close attention to upcoming events.

 

Gymnastics at the 2020 Summer Olympics

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has set the three gymnastics events that will be contested at the 2020 Olympics: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline gymnastics. The FIG (International Gymnastics Federation) did petition the IOC to include a parkour-based gymnastics event, to expand the number of gymnastics events. However, this move was unpopular with actual parkour and freerunning organizations, who counter-petitioned for the sport not to be included, since they want it to be recognized as an entirely separate sport from gymnastics.

 

In artistic gymnastics, men will compete in:

  • Floor exercise
  • Pommel horse
  • Rings
  • Vault
  • Parallel bars
  • Horizontal bars

Women will compete in:

  • Floor exercise
  • Vault
  • Balance beam
  • Uneven bars

There will be both team and individual competitions for men and women. Jade Carey is angling to qualify for a spot representing the USA in gymnastics at the Games as an individual athlete. Given the competition for team positions, and Carey’s narrower focus on vault and floor (in which she is a world medalist), she decided to cede the team competition spots to her fellow gymnasts with more all-round credentials.

In rhythmic gymnastics, female athletes will compete individually or in teams. Individuals will perform with the following apparatus:

  • Hoop
  • Ball
  • Clubs
  • Ribbon

Teams of five will perform with:

  • Ball
  • Hoop
  • Clubs

Russia will be seeking a sixth consecutive gold in rhythmic gymnastics, having won nearly every gold in the group event since its introduction into the Olympics in 1996.

Finally, the last category of gymnastics contested at the 2020 Olympics will be trampoline gymnastics. Men and women will compete in individual events performing two routines in the qualifying rounds, and the top 8 will qualify for the finals where they will perform an additional routine. China is expected to continue its dominant display, winning 10 out of the 18 available medals at the last three Games— though if she can overcome injury woes in time to qualify, Canadian two-time Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan may put up a solid contest for a third gold medal.

 

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics: Training Future Olympians

The LA School of Gymnastics will of course be supporting the US national team at the 2020 Olympic Games. We have a special relationship with the Games, as many of our coaches were formerly members of their home nations’ national gymnastics teams, and some even competed at the Olympics or other world championships. It is this level of experience and excellence that we seek to offer our students. With talent and dedication combined, they can join the ranks of those that our coaches have previously sent to the Olympics. We would love to give your child the opportunity to excel and receive a letter from, or even meet, the President and First Lady, as several of our young gymnasts have been able to.

We offer classes for boys and girls guiding them through all levels of advancement in the sport, including competitive level. With the expert attention and support of our experienced coaches, your child can be physically and mentally prepared for the glory of gymnastics competition, nationally and beyond. We offer two competitive options at the school: the USAG JO Program, and the USAG Xcel Program.

Whether you’re looking for artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, or trampolining classes, we can provide. Our Culver City location is the largest dedicated gymnastics training facility on the West Coast, and has been serving Los Angeles families for over 45 years. Call us today on (310) 204-1980 to get more information or book your child’s first class today.