National Gymnastics Day

Next Saturday, 21 September 2024

National Gymnastics Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September . It is a day to commemorate America's gymnasts and coaches and encourage more young people to try out the sport.

Gymnastics is one of the hardest competitive sports to practice, and America has some of the best gymnasts of all time.

It is not only a great sport to exercise and get healthy, but also to learn about discipline. 

A greyscale image of a child jumping mid air

The Backstory of National Gymnastics Day

National Gymnastics Day is an unofficial holiday in the United States and was first observed in 1998.

The purpose of the day is to get more children and young people involved in sports.

Every year, the holiday is celebrated with open gyms and gymnastics clubs showcasing different types of gymnastics and skills. They also organize shows to raise funds for equipment and athletes.

History of Gymnastics

The origins of gymnastics as a sport can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece, to the 5th century.

Then, the sport was practiced by warriors to improve their battle skills, as gymnastics helps with skills such as strength, concentration, dexterity, and discipline. 

In the 18th century, German Friedrich Ludwig Jahn invented some of the gymnastics events that people still love today, such as jumping, the balance beam, and the parallel bars.Jahn invented some of the gymnastics events that people still love today, such as jumping, the balance beam, and the parallel bars.

Only in the 19th century did gymnastics become a competitive sport, with men's gymnastics making their first appearance in the Olympics in 1896 and female gymnastics only became an event in the Olympics in 1928. 

Gymnastics have produced some of the best athletes of all time including Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to get a perfect 10 score in the Olympics.

American gymnasts have also historically done very well in international competitions, with athletes such as Gabby Douglas, Mary Lou Retton, Shannon Miller, and Simone Biles.


What to do on National Gymnastics Day

If you have always been interested in trying out the sport, or have a child who would love to be a gymnast, check to see if any gyms near you are doing demonstrations or holding events for National Gymnastics Day and go try it out!

If you are not the most athletic but still love gymnastics, invite some friends who also love the sport to go watch a competition, or stay home and watch some videos of the best gymnastics performances in history. 

If you know a gymnast, take this day to show them how much you support their hard work and determination.

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