Gymnastics History

By:Mia Salazar

History of Gymnastics

Gymnastics started around the 19th century.Women first started participating in gymnastic events in the 1920s and were first included in the Olympics in the 1928. Gymnastics earned a spot in the first summer Olympic games in 1896 and has been an Olympic sport ever since.

In the late 1700's German doctor Friedrich Ludwig Jahn and Johann Friedrich developed exercises for young men. Friedrich Ludwig Jahn was a German gymnastics educator and nationalist, known as"The Father of Gymnastics". Johann Friedrich was a teacher and educator in Germany and is especially known for his role in the development of physical education. He is thought of as the "grandfather of gymnastics" and as the "father" being Friedrich Ludwig Jahn.

Gymnastics formally originated in ancient Greece, where it was used by soldiers to get ready for war. The skills and strength needed to perform gymnastic moves-running, jumping, and tumbling. In the early 19th century, the United States Military began adopting gymnastics for their own training programs. By the 20th century, the US Army had a mandatory list of drills for soldiers to practice.

Throughout the years, there has been great gymnasts that have gymnastics popularity throughout the world. Today Gymnastics is one of the most popular Olympics sports in the world.