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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