Although introduced in the 1896 Olympic Games, gymnastics competitions were not standardized until the 1928 Olympics. Women also began competing in the sport during the 1928 Olympics. Olympic gymnastics are grouped into three different divisions.
Artistic gymnastics events for men include floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, horizonal bar and combined (individual and team). Women’s artistic events include floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and combined (individual and team).
Rhythmic gymnastics became an Olympic sport practiced only by women in 1984. Rhythmic gymnastics events include rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon with awards based on team, group, all-around and individual competitions.
Trampoline gymnastics was first introduced at the 2000 Olympic Games as both a men’s and women’s event (individual only).
Shannon Miller is one of the most decorated gymnasts in the United States with a total of seven Olympic medals. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2006 for individual achievements and in 2008 for team achievements.