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A Guide to Competitive Rhythmic Gymnastics

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 13, 2021 • 6 min read

Competitive gymnastics is divided into three categories: women’s artistic gymnastics, men’s artistic gymnastics, and women’s rhythmic gymnastics. The events are featured at numerous competitions including the Summer Olympic Games, Olympic qualifiers, the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, and the Gymnastics World Championships. Artistic gymnastics tend to be more familiar to the general public, but rhythmic gymnastics has been part of women’s international competition since 1962.