Here’s another post on Weird Sports – about Olympic and non-olympic Gymnastics! Particapated in by both male and female, this sport includes flexibility, strength, and ability. However, some things about this seemingly perfect sport are… Well, let’s just say ‘different’. Here are some weird facts about this olympic sport!
1. Gymnasts are almost always the smallest people you see. The smallest gymnast known in the world is Choe Myong-Hui from North Korea. Myong-Hui first competed in the 1980 olympic games in Moscow at the height of 4 feet 5 inches and the weight of 55 pounds. A few years later in the year 1992 at the Barcelona Games, Myong-hui, then 4 feet 5 inches and 79 pounds, captured a silver medal!
2. Some really weird things happened in gymnastics competitions as well. For an example, in 1972 or so the so-called ‘poised and cool’ Ludmila Turischeva was beginning her bar routine and the uneven bars collapsed in a heap behind her. Surprised but unbothered, Turischeva saluted the judges as nothing had happened at all! Or like when Kathy Johnson at the 1995 world championships kept admiring someones’ confidennce, just when those people faltered, or when she admired the gymnasts’ form, that specific gymnast would fall!
3. Once the Chinese team in a championship decided to practice some of their gymnastics tricks on the podium while waiting for a turn on the beam and got a penalty, causing them to lose their well-deserved medal!
4. Some weird tricks are called: Popa, The Humphry, The Piked Jager, Barani, or Podkopayeva- what a long name!
See, I bet some things about gymnastics are weirder then you think! Who knows? It could get wackier and weirder in the years to come, and more horrible accidents might happen… Ah, the weirdness of it all. Remember, not all sports are always done right or completed successfully!
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