Gymnastics is a test of agility, balance, coordination, and physical strength. This holiday was created in 1968 in the U.S. to promote the sport among young people and also to honor all the sports people, coaches, and clubs who have kept this sport alive and popular for centuries.
Ancient Greece was the origination of this sport. But at that time, it was meant as exercise to keep you healthy and ready for battle. In the late 19th century, the sport became competitive. The Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG) was created in Liege, Belgium in 1881. In Athens, Greece in 1896, men’s gymnastics was part of the first modern Olympics. The first female gymnastics events were featured in 1928 at the Amsterdam Olympics. Quite a difference from today where there are many competitions around the world.
- Attending a gymnastic meet or competition in your area. Cheer for your favorite gymnast and team.
- Take gymnastic lessons if you have always wanted to do so.
- Let the children in your life go to some gymnastic competitions to see if this is a sport that interests them.
Did you know…
the Father of Gymnastics is Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, a German educator. He was responsible for promoting some of the most popular gymnastic routines today including the parallel bar and the ring.