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Rings

The rings are the least stable of the men's apparatus. Stillness and proper body position while performing strength elements is paramount, and those with the best command of the event will display extraordinary skill in arriving at all holds with absolute precision. The rings should remain absolutely still and in control at the end of each skill. The body should be straight with no arching, and arms should be sturdy and strong with no shaking.
The still rings routine must include at least two handstands-one executed with front swing, the other through back swing. At least one element of strength must be held for two seconds.

Examples of strength elements include a cross, an inverted cross or a planche. A cross is performed in a straight body or L position with the body perpendicular to the floor and arms stretched perpendicular to the body, while an inverted cross is executed in an inverted handstand position with arms stretched perpendicular to the body. A planche is a straight body position parallel to the floor above the rings. The rings must remain still throughout the routine. Deductions will be taken for unnecessary swings and instability of all positions.

Today many gymnasts combine strength to swing elements and the reverse for combination bonus points and to achieve the maximum start value for their routine.
The rings are the least stable of the men's apparatus. Stillness and proper body position while performing strength elements is paramount, and those with the best command of the event will display extraordinary skill in arriving at all holds with absolute precision. The rings should be absolutely still and in control at the end of each skill. The body should be straight with no arching, and arms should be sturdy and strong with no shaking.
Look for confidence in the strength elements. The gymnast should move directly into the proper position when performing his cross or planche with control, stop securely for a clear two seconds, and then move easily into the next part. During the swinging elements, watch for stretched body positions and straight handstands.

The rings tower on which the rings are supported stands 575 cm tall. The cable and straps to which the rings are attached are 300 cm long and 50 cm apart. The mats around the still rings, vault and horizontal bar are 18 to 20 cm thick.

It requires a great deal of upper body strength and it is almost impossible to obtain a high start value without strength moves in the routine. Gymnasts who are not strong fail to score high on this event. Many gymnasts who are very talented, but physically weak, cannot win the all around title due to rings.
Text taken from www.usa-gymnastics.org

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