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The origins of gymnastics rings are in Italy in Roman times where they were used by artists. This probably explains their original name “Roman rings”. At the 8th Olympic Games in Paris in 1924, the rings appeared in the Olympic programme for the first time. Rings are also known as still or steady rings and are suspended on wire cable from a point 5.75 meters from the floor. They can be adjusted in height so the gymnast has room to freely hang and swing. The routines are performed only by men who are characterised by inhumanly strong upper body.

Scoring & Ruls

Generally the gymnast is required to show his abilities to swing, perform strength and hold elements, and an aerial dismount. More experienced competitors will often perform a few strength element in one routine, swinging into hold positions or consecutively performing different holds. Deductions for form are very similar to the rest of apparatus. On the rings gymnasts will also lose points for having bent arms in strength elements, excessive swinging of the cables during the routine, and using the straps to support or balance themselves.
 
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