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On what day is National Gymnastics Day celebrated? September 19

What is National Gymnastics Day? This day both honors and encourages upcoming gymnasts and coaches in the sport. Gymnastics’ origins are found in Ancient Greece in which troops would use gymnastic-like movements to train for battle.

Here are some other fun facts about Gymnastics:  

  • In ancient Greece, vaults did not exist…so they jumped over bulls instead.
  • Acrobatic gymnastics used to be called Sport Acrobatics.
  • In modern Olympics there are eight events including Floor Exercise, Vault, Pommel Horse, Rings, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar, Uneven Bars and the Balance Beam
  • However, women are the only ones allowed to compete in the Balance Beam and Uneven Bars events.
  • Men are the only ones allowed to compete in Rings, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bars and Pommel Horse.
  • Competitive gymnasts start training at 2 years old.

Who founded this day? This day was created by the United States in 1998.

What is the hashtag? Use the hashtag #NationalGymnasticsDay when sharing on social media.

How to celebrate: Here’s how you can celebrate the gymnastic athletes in your life:

  • Write them an encouraging note
  • Go to a gymnastic meet
  • Try it out yourself! Take a gymnastics class.

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