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Britain's Beth Tweddle is a good medal chance Gymnastics
Gymnastics is made up of three disciplines, artistic, rhythmic and trampolining.

Artistic is the more well known of the three, while rhythmic sees gymnasts throwing things like balls and ribbons around to music.

Fact File
Artistic gymnastic events
Men - Floor exercises, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar
Women - Floor exercises, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar
The most important event in artistic is the all-round, where the scores of all the apparatus are added to each other to find the complete gymnast.

Only women compete in the rhythmic events.

Trampolining is what it sounds like, with gymnasts jumping up and down performing tumbles and spins.

Medals in the gymnastic events are decided by judges, who mark the gymnasts out of 10.

One of the most popular events of the Games is the gymnastics gala, where all the Olympic champions and world champions perform routines for fun. They are often much more modern and unusual than the serious stuff.

Who are the British hopes for Athens?
The best British hope is female gymnast Beth Tweddle in the asymmetric bars. She won bronze at the world championships last year and silver in the European championships in May 2004.

Svetlana Khorkina has been on top for years
Svetlana Khorkina has been on top for years
Who are the big names?
Svetlana Khorkina is unusual in the field of gymnastics as she is still competing at the age of 25, which is old for the event.

She has won five world titles and two Olympic golds and will be a big rival for Beth Tweddle in the bars.

In the men's event, look out for Chinese star Li Xiao-Peng who has 13 Olympic or world titles to his name. He is going for three golds in Athens.


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