Road To The Olympic Games

Olympics Summer

Gymnasts push bodies to limit

Gymnastics requires strength, agility and coordination

The word gymnastics comes from the Greek word that means "to exercise naked." In Ancient Greece, men stripped down to do tumbling exercises, vaulting and other activities in the gymnasium.

In modern gymnastics, athletes perform exercises demanding strength, agility and coordination — all while fully clothed. Men and women compete in floor exercises, vault, the individual all-around competition and the team event.

Men also compete in the horizontal bar (also known as the high bar), parallel bars, pommel horse and rings. Women strut their stuff on the balance beam and uneven bars. Elite gymnasts push their bodies to the limit.

As Olympian Shannon Miller once said, " Gymnastics uses every single part of your body, every little tiny muscle that you never even knew."