Japan’s Elite Gymnast – Will He Keep His Title?10th Aug 2016 |
Japanese Kohei Uchimura is the world’s leading gymnast at this day and age. He is 27 years old and has already managed to win five Olympic medals. Very impressive indeed, and there’s no doubt that he’s the biggest star in the men’s gymnastics in this year’s Olympic Games. He’s done something that no gymnast, male or female, has ever managed before: Winning all of the big titles during the same Olympic cycle.
His only Olympic gold medal came in London in 2012. It’ll be very interesting to watch the games to see if he can manage to repeat this performance in Rio. The competition will be tough as gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympic events, with a very high number of skilled athletes.
Today’s final gymnastic all-round is a representative of one of the most Olympic of all the sports in the world. It has been a part of the Olympic Games since ancient times, and it has also been a part of all of the modern Olympic Games. Watch today’s final, and you can absolutely be sure that you are taking part in one of the greatest traditions that the Olympic Games has to offer. A conservative selection of the sports you want to watch is never a bad idea.
The sport seemed quite primitive to our modern eyes until the games in 1954. From this point on, a uniform system of giving points has been practiced. This standardisation made it easier for the performers to prepare for the games. One team who prepared very thoroughly for the games in 1954 was the Soviet Union. Their way of performing very disciplined and difficult tasks in gymnastics hypnotized everyone watching. These performances set the standard that gymnasts are still measured against today.