UPDATE 8/13/2012: We’ve put together a collection of the best photos of rhythmic gymnastics from the London Olympics. You may be interested in some of the new photos posted there.
I’ve spent the better part of the last hour completely entranced with pictures of rhythmic gymnastics – so you’re getting a blog post about it. Everything started quite innocently when I signed into Newscom to find a few photos for another blog and came across some pictures from today’s Rhythmic (I believe that the sole reason the sport isn’t more popular is that it’s nearly impossible to spell correctly) World Championships. From there it was a quick spiral into searches for more pictures and my new one-and-only-thing-I’ve-ever-wanted-to-do-in-my-whole-life: become a rhythmic gymnast.
This week marks the 2011 Rhythmic World Championships in Montpellier, France – Sept. 19-25, and we’ve got loads of photos coming in about it.
First, a brief introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the sport. Rhythmic gymnastics – or RG as those of us in the know call it – combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, and dance and adds its own element: the apparatus. The apparatus ( I think of it as a prop) could be a ribbon, rope, hoop, ball or clubs. You can compete as either an individual, or in a group of five. It’s all very difficult, as you’ll see from these pictures, and athletes can aspire to competing in the Olympics. While I intend to jump whole-heartedly into RG, I may have to pin my Olympic hopes on curling …. I’m not very rhythmic.
There are a few reasons I got hooked on these pictures and decided to share them with you, the dear reader. On the one hand, the pictures are breathtaking and inspiring. Everything, from the girls to the costumes, to the ribbons and other props to the beautiful way they can bend and move, and – at least in the pictures – seem to float through the air takes my breath away. Seriously, I find everything about these dancers absolutely incredible and some of the pictures are awe-inspiring.Watch this video and then try and tell me that you don’t find it absolutely inspiring. Then you can go check out this site to see some behind-the-scenes photos for the RG video clip (beware, it’s all in french).
On the other hand, I find it impossible to believe that someone could get their body in that shape. With some of the pictures it took some time to even figure out where the arms and legs went. And, finally, there are headless pictures.
Since it’s all far too cool to just include one set of images, I’m going to break the photos for this blog into three different sections: beautiful, headless, and somewhat inconceivable. That means there will be a lot of pictures in this post, and hundreds more back at Newscom.
So first, the beautiful pics:
Now the headless ones, just because they’re cool … and funny. Just to give you fair warning, this may be its own blog someday soon.
Now the pictures that kind of blow my mind. I had no idea the human body could even get into some of these shapes.
Newscom is your best source for photos of rhythmic gymnastics, so go check it out.
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