|Governing Body:||Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG)|
Rhythmic Gymnastics is one of the gymnastics' disciplines in which gymnasts perform gracefully choreographed routines to music while working with different types of apparatus like a ball, hoop, club, rope and ribbon or freehand (no apparatus). It is typically a women’s sport, although men’s groups also started practicing the sport especially in Japan as well as in other countries. The credit for the sport’s origination goes to Jean-Georges Noverre, Francois Delsarte and Rudolf Bode who all thought that one must use dance to express oneself as well as exercise various body parts. As a competitive sport, it was evolved in the 1920s in the Soviet Union. However, the discipline gained recognition by FIG in 1961 after which the first world championship took place in 1963 in Budapest. It was included in Olympic Games in 1984.
To earn maximum points possible from the judges to win the competition.
Female athletes compete as individuals or in teams of five athletes in various events.
She is the only rhythmic gymnast in the history to win two Olympic individual all-around gold medals and holds the record for most world titles (17).
She is the youngest rhythmic gymnast to win the World Championships in the all-around format at the age of 15 and is a 13-times world champion.
She was the first rhythmic gymnast to win three successive world titles and is a nine-time gold medalist at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.
She is a four-time World champion, five-time Grand Prix Final champion and the 2011 European champion rhythmic gymnast who has also won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.