I’m starting to believe that rhythmic gymnastics offers some of the most captivating photography of all the sports at the Olympics. Perhaps it’s the flashy costumes – or the contortionist-like poses – but there’s something almost mesmerizing about looking through pictures of the sport – a feeling that you can’t quite catch from any other sport (though you could mount a strong argument for synchronized swimming).
Russia, as has become common in RG (shortened from rhythmic gymnastics), dominated both the individual and team competitions at the 2012 London Games. They took gold in the team event (with Belarus and Italy snagging silver and bronze). In in the individual competition, Russia’s Evgenia Kanaeva took gold and fellow Russian Daria Dmitrieva took silver – meaning Russia has taken every single gold medal the sport has handed it out since its inclusion in the 2000 Games in Sydney.
We’ve got more of the best photos of rhythmic gymnastics back at Newscom. Also, though the Olympics are now officially over, you can still visit our 2012 Olympics portal. It’s got quick and easy access to the biggest stories of the London Games, and makes it easy for you to find the exact photo you need no matter what story you’re sharing. Check it out!
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