Fab and YES the Olympics: Rhythmic Gymnastics


Poor rhythmic gymnastics. Nobody takes it seriously. Just because these ladies aren’t insane enough to flip around on a tiny plank, or hurl themselves at a vault, or spin around at uneven bars, people forget they exist (kind of like how synchronized swimming gets treated like that other thing people do in the pool when there isn’t diving, water polo, or lap swimming). But the photography and the costumes and the contortionism at this sucker are par excellence — here’s a peek at some shots from the first day and a half, just to whet your whistles. Spoiler: The third photo terrifies me.

[Photos: Getty]

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  1. Kit
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    “Ummm.. has anyone seen a ball?” is the best commentary today. Amazeballs!

    • Mrs. Ditter
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      Agreed. Also: thank you, Fug Girls, for this post and all the others covering the Olympics. You are truly doing humanitarian work.

    • Neil
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      OMG………hilarious!! Been a while since I laughed like that, thank you so much Fug Girls!

  2. Anita
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    I think I may have dislocated something just by looking at these photos.

  3. Willow
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    Are you going to cover the Synchronised Swimming? Because the Spanish team were literally dressed as disco balls, it was perfection.

    • jellybean
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      i love them for that. and you, for this.

      • Jess
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        That was my first thought when watching — will the Fug Girls have a photo montage?!?! The Canadian head gear was also amazing.

        These photos made my friday. I just wish I had been able to watch this as it happened.

  4. pantsonfire
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    I lol’d at 18 and 19. Nice commentary! And truly disconcerting images.

    Number 17 looks like one girl, exposed multiple times. I accept that this is a team of similar looking flexible android girls. I’m just saying. It looked for a second like the same person in lots of different positions. I’m here. Now I’m here! Look over here! Back to here!

  5. Kathryn
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    Maybe you can get the broadcast rights over NBC in 2016?

  6. Suzie
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    So much fun! Thanks! Please do sync swimming!

  7. Lynne
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    The German girl with the demon smoky eyes in slide 18 is sort of scaring me. Also, I could stare at that last photo forever and still not really understand what’s happening. That’s a very trippy illusion there.

    • Kate
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      I think in terms of freakiness, based on the pictures alone, Germany wins.

      • CJG
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        Demon smokey cat eyes AND a hairline that honestly looks higher than the plucked hairlines of the 1400′s.

        • CAM
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          Um… are those German girls in Blackface? Isn’t that a little tacky, especially for Germans with their touchy history of, you know, race and religion based genocide?

  8. kickassmomnyc
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    Rhythmic gymnastics have long been one of my favorite events to watch. I think these girls are just amazing. The extreme bendiness and over-contortion does freak me out a bit, but the sport is so graceful and powerful, I can deal with it.
    Thanks for the post and the commentary.

    • Christine
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      I agree. I don’t understand why we don’t take the sport more seriously, at least in America.

      • Sonya
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        And it is so pretty! It is starting to get a little more respect in the US, but it will be a long time before it reaches the caliber of popularity it has in Russia and Eastern Europe.
        I knew that photo 3 would terrify my fiance and when I showed it to him he said “How is that possible!?” But now he wants to see rhythmic gymnastics live and in person to check out these bendy ladies.

    • guest
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      .. I’m not alone ! !

      apart from the (apalling–) costumes, I’ve always loved rhythmic gymnastics best. my favorite ‘regular’ gymnasts have qualities that remind me of rhythmic gymnastics.. I am not sure why this sport doesn’t have real ‘cred,’ so to speak (many people don’t even know what it is–), but one of the reasons that occurs to me, every time I am spellbound, watching it- is- that it seems more Art than Sport- (to me). I enjoy it as much as I enjoy ballet-

      anyways.. thanks for the HILARIOUS and well-deserved caption ART !

  9. Bubba
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    Photo 13 terrifies me. How can one turn a leg like that, and twist, and have the other leg in a split up in the air. Methinks I had better try harder at yoga.

  10. kathotdog
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    I love Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board! And would rather see that as an Olympic sport than Rhythmic Gymanstics.

  11. Leens
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    Oh bummer, nothing on the Israeli team – their uniforms were seriously hilarious.

  12. Eli
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    The Austrian chick in Slide 6 reminds me of (showing my age here) the skating couple in the Cutting Edge that did not go to the Olympics because her skate got caught on his lederhosen.

  13. Eliza Bennett
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    Picture 1 reminds me of why Mom said not to swallow my gum.

  14. MelissaW
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    yay!!! I tweeted you that we needed a post on RG! :)

    I remember when the costumes used to be unitards….yeack. These are way more creative/colorful/pretty. If you can find it the Ukraian team from the first day (they used Vivaldi as their music and went first) they had they most beautiful blue costumes, very pretty.

    I was also in love with Delphine Ledoux of France – all her routines were great AND she had the best costumes overall. She got robbed.

    And then I have to shout-out Julie Zeitlin of the US who had to qualify for the Olympics as a world competition wild card in 2011 (like 4 mos after knee surgery) because RG gets no love in the US. Love her sequined peacock feathers :)

    • Valerie
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      Delphine did get robbed. She was one of my favorites. They said it was down to difficulty though, but it all looks hard to me. And I am a ballet dancer! lol

  15. Emma
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    Well this was one of the more awesome things I’ve clicked through today.

    Would love to see a slideshow on the regular gymnastics outfits as well! (Although they’re not as exciting as these, of course.)

  16. Marce
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    Please cover synchronized swimming costumes! PLEASE! They’re SO AMAZING!!!

  17. Sajorina
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    OMG, GFY Heatyher, I love how your mind works!!! This was strange & hilarious rolled into WTF?! Loved it! And, “German Elizabeth Moss” is my favorite nickname ever!!!

  18. witjunkie
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    I got to watch some team rhythmic gymnastics while I was at physical therapy this morning – so they were aired, but I agree, fond as I am of Costas, just show us the events already.

    And, the team ones are kind of hard to watch, because where do you focus! So much happening at once!! But it’s amazing, really. I love the ribbons, and they make them look like fireworks.

    And – Spain’s sync swim outfits WERE very cool. They were the best performance too, I thought.

  19. Liz
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    If it’s any consolation, NZ has a serious shortage of carnivorous animals. We’re all about birds and sheep…

    • Sally
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      Hehe… I actually thought that was a great pickup line, but being a Kiwi it made more sense. Although… not many of our birds are as ornately plumed as any of these amazing chicks!! I do worry about tanorexia for some of them – they are beautiful and talented but do they all need to be matching shades of orange?

  20. Jules
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    No dude should ever tell a girl she looks like she’s from the zoo. I appreciate where he was coming from, but there is no way to successfully execute that line. Rhythmic was on today and I believe yesterday. Light as a feather, stiff as a board made me laugh out loud. Great post!

  21. Julia
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    I was JUST THINKING that you guys needed a rhythmic moment. Please tell me one’s coming from the synchronized swimming as well- how else will we survive the end of the Olympics??!?!?

  22. toxxic
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    Wow, i always try to catch the gymnastics. How did i have no idea they had a team event? I love these pics, so sparkly and shiny and bendy.

  23. Fashion Region
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    I love watching the Olympics, especially the Rhythmic Gymnastics
    http://www.fashion-region.com/hair-and-beauty.html

  24. Emma
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    “Magjestical” – is that another one of the Jackson grandkids?

  25. Talley Lach
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    “Listen, Almighty Peacock, next time, spare us endless heats and semifinals and preliminaries, where the yada-yada beforehand is longer than the race itself, and instead give us ACTUAL Decathlon and pole vault and javelin coverage. Give us this. Give us more than just emotionless, over-narrated montages. In fact, why not montage the prelims and semis, in favor of covering the finals with tension and heart? AND RIBBONS AND HOOPS. BRING IT IN RIO, DUDES. Half these ladies look like they’re already there.”

    This! A thousand times, THIS!

  26. CranAppleSnapple
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    I once nearly konked myself unconscious with some of those wooden club-sticks. I was ten. :D I can’t believe they still let people use them :)

  27. Cat
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    Rhythmic gymnasts are amazing… the way they can contort their bodies is unbelievable. My favorite apparatus is the ball. Plus, the outfits are amazing.

  28. Anna
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    This was on one of the lesser channels of NBC but even if you saw it, you wouldn’t have seen the German team. They only showed the eventual winners. The Bulgarians were covered in their ball routine but they blew the hoops and ribbons so they didn’t show them. Their coverage is ridiculous. Why won’t they listen? {shakes fist at NBC}

    • Sonya
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      And their contract is through 2020, oy vey, four more Olympics with Bob Costas. I want to petition the IOC to end NBC’s contract. I despise their coverage.

  29. Lily1214
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    The large photo is just beautiful.

  30. kate
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    I love you guys for doing a post on RG! People so often think it’s a joke sport and have no appreciation for the level of skill involved. Thanks for giving it the respect it deserves.

  31. Sara
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    I must admit, when I saw that the rhythmic gymnastics final was on TV I went in quite sceptical, but I’m a total convert now. Fell in love with Ganna Rizatdinova from Ukraine a little bit – her outfits were stunning, especially the grey and silver number she wore for her clubs routine.

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