January 2018

Gymnastics was introduced in early Greek civilization to facilitate bodily development through a series of exercises that included running, jumping, swimming, throwing, wrestling, and weight lifting. The word gymnastics derives from a Greek word meaning “to exercise naked,” applied in ancient Greece to all exercises practiced in the gymnasium. Thankfully, we have progressed a bit. Women’s Olympic gymnastics competition began in 1936 and today, women’s collegiate gymnastics consists of uneven bars, floor, balance beam, and vault. The athletes are compact, fast, graceful, and powerful. For the sports photographer, it is yet another indoor sport that brings into play the relationship between shutter speed, available …

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