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In the previous times, senior gymnasts had to submit and compete their original skills at World championships or the Olympics in order to have it named after them.

But starting from next February, gymnasts can have their skills added to the CoP and named after them at any of the official FIG competitions such as World Cups.

If more than one gymnast successfully competed the skill at the same competition, it will be named after all of them.

New skills used to be added bearing no name, if more than one gymnast submitted and competed it at the same competition.

It is worth mentioning that skills need to be C or higher in order for it to be named after the performer.

FIG competitions in 2018

Written by Gigi Farid.

Gymnast: Alice D'Amato
Photo by Silvia Vatteroni

The FIG Executive Committee, which held its third meeting of the year in Tonsberg, Norway between July 27 - July 29, has finally decided to organize Junior World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics, starting in 2019.

Therefor, they have asked the Competition Commission in consultation with the respective Technical Committee Presidents to develop the necessary rules and criteria to be presented for approval at the next EC meeting in October 2017.

The EC has as well approved the nationality changes for two judges, two Rhythmic gymnasts and male gymnast. 

Alla Sosnitskaya's name was not mentioned among those who have changed their nationalities. The Russian born was recently seen competing for Georgia at a small meet.

Athletes who qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games through the Individual World Cup Series will be allowed to participate on all apparatus in the qualification at the Games.

Written by Gigi Farid

If Paris won bid to host the 2024 Olympics, medal winning athletes will have the opportunity to share their success with family members and loved ones.

The medals, which are designed by Philippe Starck, can be split into four but looks exactly the same as the typical sporting medal on the surface.

"Today, more than ever, the truth is that you're not winning alone, so I wanted this medal to reflect that," said Starck. "If the winner wants to share it, they can share it."

Paris previously hosted the 1900 Summer Olympics and the 1924 Summer Olympics. If awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, Paris will become the second city (after London) to host the Olympic games three times.

The 2024 Olympics will either be hosted by Paris or Los Anglos. The winner will be announced on 13 September. 

Written by Gigi Farid

Acro was accepted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board as a new discipline for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the board's recent meeting in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).
The IOC Executive Board also confirmed the following as a medal event:
A new Multidiscipline Event in which all gymnasts (156 or 160) from all continents will be divided into 10 or 11 groups, with each group containing 14-16 gymnasts and competing as a multinational, multidiscipline team.
Each group will be composed as follows:
  •     3-4 MAG gymnasts
  •     3-4 WAG gymnasts
  •     1   TRA gymnast (Men)
  •     1   TRA gymnast (Women)
  •     3   ACRO gymnasts (1 Women's Group)
  •     3   RG gymnasts
This Multidiscipline Event will also serve as qualification for the:
  • Artistic Gymnastics All-around Final
  • Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus Finals
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-around Final
  • Trampoline Final
  • Acrobatic Gymnastics Final 
The IOC has not yet decided the quota for this event. As soon as that number is published, the FIG Executive Committee will update and approve the Rules for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The third edition of the Youth Olympic Games will be held October 1-12, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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The FIG has approved the rule of four members per team starting from 2020 Tokyo Olympics and since then, the gyminternet has no stopped criticizing it.

 Lmao the only good thing about this rule change is that it’s not happening until 2020 so I have some time to calm down

 Idk how to feel about the new team thing. I mean it sounds plausible but until we get to 2020, we won’t know if this is a good idea or not. But we’ll see.

 Jesus can you imagine the amount of injuries people are gonna have just so they can get a high start value by doing skills that they should not be doing just so they can get a specialist spot

 And here I was thinking that 5-gymnast teams were too small and should be increased to 6. Hahaha. Haha. Ha.

 So let’s say we get to 2020 and this new format totally bombs (not saying it necessarily will, but imagine worse case scenario, one of the big four, or anyone really, can’t put up four AAers or someone gets injuring in the top eight teams and just badness), and as a result, the FIG decides to change the rule again

 FIG basically just do the opposite of what we all want, so maybe if we all get on board and act as if we’re totally cool with 4-person teams and specialists, they’ll give us what we actually want…. 6 person teams and at least 3-per-country in the AA.

In saying that though, the IOC definitely should be allocating more spots to the sport. Surely athletics and swimming have enough spots between them to share? Or why does the IOC place such stringent limits on athlete spots anyway?

This entire thing is incredibly frustrating and confusing and I feel bad for casual fans who’ll probably just switch off rather than try and figure it out which will hurt the sport even more.

 You know the only team (as of right now) that can conceivable put up four very strong AAers in 2020 is the US. 

If you’re trying to take away the advantage from the US, this is not the way to do it. 

aurelia-dobre  I absolutely love the idea of sending extra event specialists, and we’ve been talking about it since at least 2012, i just wish the specialist posts were added without the team spots being reduced

my-bff-nastia I don’t get why they can’t do 5 member teams and then up to 1 extra specialist instead of 4 members and up to 2

jordynslefteyebrow But the fact that those two specialists/AAers don’t get to earn a potential team medal with their team makes me wanna cry

jordynslefteyebrow So hypothetically, Russia would have to make someone like Kharenkova who can score 15+ on beam be able to score 15+ on vault/floor in order to keep up with countries like the U.S. in a team final and that sounds like an injury(s) waiting to happen lol

jordynslefteyebrow Have you ever watched a country sweep a podium in ANY Olympic sport and thought to yourself “wow that person in 27th place in quals deserved to be there over any of those people!!!”

my-bff-nastia I’m not as upset about it as anyone else. Maybe I’m seeing the bright side but six U.S. gymnasts now have a chance to make it instead of five, including specialists who might not otherwise have a chance to make the team (ie Asac in 2012 or Skinner next year). I don’t love the team format but I absolutely love being able to send girls for more than just the team, because those who don’t fit the team mold get a shot. The FIG only gets so many spots for gymnastics (it’s like 90) so they’re trying to divvy them up fairly to include both the best in the world and, in the spirit of the Olympics which are about international inclusion as much as they are being the best in the world, they’re trying to make sure many countries get a chance. I do think it should be more about the best in the world, but at the same time, you’re working with 90 spots and you have to put a limit on each country somehow, so no matter what you do, the U.S. is still going to be leaving girls with Olympic talent behind. This way they’re getting one extra spot than they do now so in a way it’s beneficial for them and other countries with gymnasts who are strong but don’t fit their team’s mold.

Written by Gigi Farid

Jordyn Wieber
The FIG has sparked anger with their official announcement of cutting the number of team members from five to four starting from Tokyo Olympics.

Not only did the gym fans reacted negatively but also high profiled gymnasts

Aly Raisman of USA,  London Olympic floor and team champion

Great Britain's Becky Downie, 2013 uneven bars European champion.

Danusia Fracis of Great Britain/Jamaica, 2012 Olympic team alternate.

Chellsie Memmel of USA, 2005 World all around champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist.

Kennedy Baker of USA, a retired elite gymnast.

Jake Dalton of USA, an Olympic gymnast

Carly Patterson of USA, 2004 Olympic all around champion

Jordyn Wieber of USA, retired London Olympic champion.
Elizabeth Price of USA, multiple World cup champion 

And last but not least; Nastia Liukin 


Written by Gigi Farid

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
According to Steve Butcher, the FIG men's technical committee president, has approved the new team format.

The team will consist of only four gymnasts, all of which must be all arounders. Gymnasts will be competing on all four events and only the highest three scores on each event will be counted in the team competition.

Additionally, up to two event specialists/extra all arounders per country will be able to qualify and compete at the Olympics through World Cups, Challenge Cups, and Continental Championships.

"There are many other formulas for AA gymnasts to qualify outside of the teams. The final details are still to be worked out, but the format is now set" added Butcher.

Teams at 2012 London Olympic Games were composed of five members, while teams at 2008, 2004 and 2000 Olympics were composed of six members. In 1996, it was seven gymnasts per team.

Between 1972 and 1992, each team consisted of six gymnasts.

Written by Gigi Farid

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By the time the gymnastics fans were hoping to see more than five members on team and more than two gymnasts in the individual finals, the FIG announced its intentions to reduce the number of team members at 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

A new proposal which includes a reduction in the number of team members in Artistic Gymnastics in the aim of providing additional qualification opportunities for event specialists and All-around gymnasts via Continental Championships, World Cups and World Challenge Cups, will be presented in May to the council in Australia.

Teams at 2012 London Olympic Games were composed of five members, while teams at 2008, 2004 and 2000 Olympics were composed of six members. In 1996, it was seven gymnasts per team.

Between 1972 and 1992, each team consisted of six gymnasts. 

In the meantime, the Gym Internet were outraged over the FIG's proposal:


This makes me mad.


Soon enough they’ll be like… why even send a team? one member is enough… who needed team finals anyway… do they even think these new rules through?


Like what is even the point of team finals if you basically have to put up 3 all-arounders?


This makes less than zero sense. Like how do they have an “aim of providing additional qualification opportunities for event specialists” when teams will have no room for event specialists on a team? If anything they need better individual qualification procedures for athletes of smaller gymnastics nations, or more room in event finals (24 to 36, 8 to 12 maybe) to become more inclusive to gymnasts


why do they try and make gymnastics worse every four years


I’m glad we all collectively acknowledge how awful this is. SRSLY WHO PROPOSES THESE THINGS!!??


"providing additional qualification opportunities for event specialists and All-around gymnasts via Continental Championships"

I mean what’s the point in additional qualifying when you only take two per country into a final


I don’t understand the decreasing of team members. It only helps the U.S. which can easily put up 4 all-arounders and hurt the countries that rely on specialists for team finals.

Also, would countries with teams be able to send people to just do event qualifications or is that only for countries without teams? Because I feel like you are stopping the progress of skills on events of you don’t allow Russia and US and China to send event specialists seperate from the 4 all-arounders needed for team.


Everybody’s going to Azerbaijan! Lol and why TF are they reducing the team again?!


I’m not into the reduction in team sizes, but I am pretty excited about the idea of enabling event specialists to qualify to the Olympics, which currently isn’t an option (for instance, Epke struggled to get to London because individuals can only qualify through AA). Would make for more event specialists from smaller countries, higher quality event finals (since specialists won’t have to dilute their event training by training AA to qualify), and allow smaller countries to be much more competitive at the Olympic level. Still, it shouldn’t come at the expense of teams.

On a side note: a gymnast has to compete at at least three World cups in order to be eligible for prize money.

The have also accepted the change of nationality of fourteen gymnasts.
Veronica HUDISRG gymnastUKRAZE
Yelyzaveta LUZANRG gymnastUKRAZE
Elif Zeynep CELEPRG gymnastTURAZE
Alexandra Ana Maria AGIURGIUCULESERG gymnastROUITA
Daniel-Robert LUCASMAG gymnastUSAAZE

Written by Gigi Farid