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Rhythmic Gymnastics

This page draws together rhythmic gymnastics-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Get an overview of the sport of Special Olympics rhythmic gymnastics.  View the Rhythmic Gymnastics Fact Sheet

Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance, and apparatus manipulation. Individuals or teams of competitors (from 2 to 6 people) manipulate one or two pieces of apparatus: rope, clubs, hoop, ball, ribbon and Free (no apparatus, so called "floor routine").


Rhythmic Gymnastics News and Stories


April 22, 2015 | Latin America: Mexico

I am Ruben Alejandro and I am a Champion

By Paola Martinelli

Thanks to my studies I got a job in Public Services of the State of Nayarit in the area of computer education, I am currently an administrative assistant in the Multiple Care Center of Nayarit.View Story I'm Ruben and I was born with Down Syndrome have a younger sister and I live with my parents. I went to CREE rehabilitation center at 22 days old. There they treated me for my developmental disability to be equal to all children. I attended the child development center for three months, then preschool, primary and secondary mainstream schools with persons without disabilities. Thanks to my studies I got a job in Public Services of the State of Nayarit in the area of computer education, I am currently an administrative assistant in the Multiple Care Center of Nayarit. Since childhood I practice sport and I love gymnastics, I participated in 8 national events and 3 World Games and now I have another opportunity to go on behalf of Mexico to Los Angeles. I like the Folkloric dance workshops scarves weaving workshops, development of piñatas, wreaths, bows for gift and beads.

About Paola Martinelli:National Director of Communications and Marketing
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December 31, 2014 | Why I Support Special Olympics

My Past

By Shelley Peterman

in my past, I have competed in the 2006 National Games. In the event of artistic gymnastics. I feel everyone around me supported me a lot.View Story in my past, I have competed in the 2006 National Games. In the event of artistic gymnastics. I feel everyone around me supported me a lot. When I decided to do rhythmic gymnastics instead. I started rhythmic gymnastics in 2009 to present. Even people on YouTube has a interest of watching all my gymnastics videos. Thank you all for your love, and your support. FYI I've really competed in artistic gymnastics from 1998 to 2006 I do help my coach choreographing my own routines. I am in level 4 for rhythmic gymnastics.

About Shelley Peterman:i am a hard worker, choreograph my own dance routines, started my own YouTube channel last year (2013)
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August 19, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Great Britain

Conner and Comaneci: Volunteer Heroes

By Chris Hull

Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci pose with gymnasts from Special Olympics Great Britain.

Hannah Westerman is going to represent Great Britain at the next Special Olympics World Games. Imagine her reaction when she found out she would meet Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci.View Story Hannah Westerman is going to represent Great Britain at the next Special Olympics World Games. Imagine her reaction when she found out she would meet Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci. Not only meet her, but perform for her and have a 90-minute hands-on skills session with her. "Incredible," she said. Comaneci and her husband, Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner, devoted an evening to a group of lucky Special Olympics Great Britain gymnasts on 18 August in London. It was part of a decades-long commitment to Special Olympics that the couple has shared. Both are big fans of Special Olympics and are on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. They volunteer their experience and knowledge to ensure Special Olympics gymnasts around the world get a chance to perform to the peak of their abilities.

About Chris Hull:I am the communications director for Special Olympics Great Britain.
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Rhythmic Gymnastics Events


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Event

Location

May 02, 2015

Southwest Regional Spring Games

Southwest Spring Games features competitions in aquatics, athletics, bocce, gymnastics, horseshoes and volleyball. A Healthy Athletes Village will also be a part of this annual event. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:30 am with our Parade of Athletes and competition should conclude by 1:00 pm.
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Nick Caudle
Email:caudl1n@cmich.edu
Phone:616-583-1202
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Calvin College
3201 Burton St. SE

Grand Rapids, Michigan
UNITED STATES

Jun 4 - 6 2015

Pennsylvania State Summer Games

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games will be held at Penn State University in State College. The event will together over 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. This is our largest event of the year. The Summer Games will feature three days of intense competition in aquatics, athletics, basketball, bowling, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Every race, every game, every competition held at Summer Games represents many weeks of training, preparation and dedication on the part of our athletes, coaches and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to visit any of the competition venues and cheer on the athletes.
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Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Colorado State Summer Games

This years Summer Games will be held in Grand Junction at Colorado Mesa University. This event is the biggest Special Olympics Colorado competition of the year! The event brings together athletes from across the state to compete in five sports: athletics, aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting and soccer.
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More Details
Special Olympics Colorado
Email:beafan@SpecialOlympicsCO.org
Phone:720-359-3100
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Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, Colorado
UNITED STATES

Jun 5 - 7 2015

Massachusetts State Summer Games

The official start of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games begins with the traditional Opening Ceremony at Boston University. Highlights include remarks from special guests, one of our athletes acting as master of ceremonies, the Parade of Athletes, the Special Olympics Massachusetts flag relay and presentation and finally the culminating Torch Lighting Ceremony, by the Guardians of the Flame–our partners in the LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY. Saturday morning the games will begin on the grounds of the Harvard University athletic facilities, surrounding historic Harvard Stadium. Over 1,900 ATHLETES compete in the sports of aquatics, gymnastics, powerlifting, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
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More Details
Matt Ruxton
Email:Matt.Ruxton@SpecialOlympicsMA.org
Phone:508-485-0986 Ext. 22
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Boston University and Harvard Athletic Complex
Boston, Massachusetts
UNITED STATES

Jun 12 - 14 2015

Illinois State Summer Games

Summer Games is Special Olympics Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,500 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals more than 11,400 people who attend Summer Games! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions. Competition will be offered in athletics, aquatics, bocce, Unified bocce, gymnastics, football (soccer) and powerlifting. The public is invited and encouraged to attend any and all parts of Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games. Hope to see you there!
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David Shindley
Email:dshindley@soill.org
Phone:309-888-2551
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ISU & IWU Campus
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
UNITED STATES

Jul 24 - Aug 2 2015

World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015

In July of 2015 more than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries will come to Los Angeles, California for the Special Olympics World Summer Games and enjoy 10 days full of joy, friendship and competition. Athletes will compete in 22 sports. The event expects to attract 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers and 3,000 coaches.
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World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015
Email:info@la2015.org
Phone:213-892-6018
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Various Locations, Los Angeles
Los Angeles , California
UNITED STATES

October 26, 2015

Gymnastics, Volleyball and Speedball Head Coaches Seminar

During October 26-28 Special Olympics will be hosting a gymnastics, volleyball and speedball coaching seminar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This seminar will provide training athlete conditioning, sports skills development and sports rules.
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA

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