According to Wikipedia, “Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which individuals or teams of competitors (2 or more people) manipulate one or two pieces of apparatus: rope, clubs, hoop, ball, ribbon and Free (no apparatus). An individual athlete only manipulates 1 apparatus at a time. When multiple gymnasts are performing a routine together a maximum of two types of apparatus may be distributed through the group. An athlete can exchange apparatus with a team member at any time through the routine. Therefore, an athlete can manipulate up to two different pieces of apparatus through the duration of the routine. Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and apparatus manipulation. The victor is the participant who earns the most points, determined by a panel of judges, for leaps, balances, pirouettes (pivots), flexibilities, apparatus handling, execution, and artistic effect.”
This sport is relatively unknown in the general population, not nearly as popular as regular gymnastics. However it is rising in popularity and now has international level competitions.
This video shows children who are learning to excel in rhythmic gymnastics. Perhaps some of them will become international champions in the future.
What a beautiful sport! This may appeal a lot to girls who love the dance elements combined with the physical skills needed to excel in this type of gymnastics.