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
- Parallel bars
- Horizontal bars
Women will compete in:
- Floor exercise
- 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:
Teams of five will perform with:
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.