Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023


Know your facts:

  • Artistic gymnastics has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1972
  • Unified Sports? No
  • Estimated number of athletes participating: 115

On the high bar or parallel bars, the balance beam or the pommel horse, gymnasts show off their skills in about a minute and a half on a piece of equipment of their choice. Each apparatus has its own requirements. Some require more physical strength, while others require coordination, speed, or endurance. The judges look at how complex the routine is and how aesthetically, balanced and stable the gymnasts perform it.


We have eight disciplines:

Women's Events

  1. Vaulting
  2. Uneven Bars
  3. Balance Beam
  4. Floor Exercise
  5. All Around (total of all four event scores)

Men’s Events

  1. Floor Exercise
  2. Pommel Horse
  3. Rings
  4. Vaulting
  5. Parallel Bars
  6. Horizontal Bar
  7. All Around (total of all six event scores)

By the way:

The term "gymnastics" is derived from "gymnos", which means naked. In the first gymnastics competition in ancient Greece, the athletes competed naked.

The artistic gymnastics competitions are ticketed.


"Fans in the Stands" groups can visit artistic gymnastics competitions.

The photo shows an athlete during her parallel bars exercise.
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On the photo, there is a gymnast on the rings.
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The photo shows an athlete after the competition. He is happy and runs towards another man.
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The photo shows a young athlete during his performance on the pommel horse.
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On the photo, there is an athlete with his arms held up high after finishing his performance on the pommel horse in Gymnastics-Artistic.
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Artistic gymnastics takes place on the grounds of Messe Berlin in the CityCube Level B.