In addition to the separate team and individual all-around events for men and women, there are also individual events for each apparatus on which artistic gymnasts compete. There are six male apparatuses and four female apparatuses:

Men: Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar
Women: Vault, Uneven Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise

Kyle Shewfelt

There are four phases of Olympic competition:

I – Qualification

All athletes compete in qualification. The teams of five send their top four gymnasts to compete on each apparatus but only the top three scores are counted towards advancing to the team finals.

IV – Team Finals

The top eight teams from qualification send three gymnasts to compete on each apparatus and all scores are counted towards the team’s final score.

II – Individual All-Around Finals

The top 24 gymnasts from qualification compete on each apparatus. These scores are added together and the gymnast with the highest total is the all-around champion.

III – Individual Apparatus Finals

The top eight athletes on each apparatus, as per the qualification results, compete one last time. To be eligible for the vault final, a gymnast must have competed two different vaults during qualification.

Kristina Vaculik competed in Artistic Gymnastics at London 2012 (Photo: CP)

Two panels of judges score each routine. The two judge D panel scores the difficulty. Starting at zero, they total the values of the most difficult skills in each routine (eight for women, ten for men). The five judge E panel starts with a score of 10.0 and deducts for errors and faults in the technique, execution and artistry/composition of each routine. The highest and lowest scores are dropped, with the remaining three averaged. The D score and E score are added together to get the final total for each routine, minus any deductions for neutral errors, such as stepping out of bounds or violating time limits.

Elisabeth (Ellie) Black seen here at the floor exercise in the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships. Black improved on her all-around outing from a year ago at the 2014 competition.

Canada’s Olympic History (Pre-Rio 2016)

Canadian gymnastics fans witnessed an unprecedented gold medal victory by Kyle Shewfelt on floor exercise at Athens 2004. His top place finish was the first ever Olympic artistic gymnastics medal for Canada, providing inspiration for future athletes. A notable moment for the Canadian women came in the team event at London 2012 where they finished a best-ever fifth.