Rhythmic gymnastics is a women's-only discipline of events that are contested as a part of gymnastics at the Summer Olympics. There are two different medal events in rhythmic gymnastics that are contested during the games, all-round individual and all-round group . The all-round individual event was added to the games in 1984, and the group event was added in 1996.
Competitors perform choreographed routines incorporating hand-held apparatus. Rhythmic gymnastics uses five apparatus (although there are only four used in each Olympic Games) - ribbon, clubs, rope, hoop and ball.
The group event has thus far been dominated by Russia. They have won the gold medal in the last five consecutive Olympics. Belarus has been the second most successful nation in the short history of the event with four silver medals and two bronze medals (as of 2020).
In the individual event, gymnasts from four different nations shared the first four editions, but since then, Russian gymnasts have won the gold medal at the last five Olympiads (as of 2020). The only multiple gold medalist in the individual event is Russian Yevgeniya Kanayeva.
- Although both men and women compete in some form in all sports, rhythmic gymnastics is only sporting discipline at the Olympics that is solely for women (now that men are eligible for synchronized swimming).
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