In rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatic feats such as flips and handsprings are prohibited while gymnasts try to ensure their apparatus is in constant motion and handled with as much variety and speed as possible. Routines are performed to music on a carpeted area measuring 13 metres by 13 metres.

There are two events, the individual all-around and the group all-around. The individual event is comprised of four routines, each using one of the apparatus approved for senior competition. The length of individual routines is 75 to 90 seconds. The scores from all four apparatus are added together to determine the winner.

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The group event is comprised of two routines, one with five identical apparatus and one with a combination of two different apparatuses. The group routines are two minutes 15 seconds to two minutes 30 seconds, featuring exciting and challenging exchanges and collaborations. The scores from the two routines are added together to determine the winner.

Four D judges evaluate the difficulty of a routine, with the highest and lowest scores dropped and the remaining two averaged. The maximum D score is 10.00 points. Five E judges evaluate a routine for its artistry and execution, with the highest and lowest scores dropped and the remaining three averaged. The maximum E score is 10.00 points.


Canada’s Olympic History

At Los Angeles 1984, Lori Fung became the first and only Canadian to win a rhythmic gymnastics medal, taking gold in the inaugural individual all-around. She upset the favourite, Romania’s Doina Staiculescu, with whom Fung had trained since finishing 23rd at the 1983 World Championships.