Special Olympics Minnesota gymnast doing exercise
Special Olympics gymnastics combines strength, flexibility and artistry. Competitions are offered for men in the artistic events and women in artistic and rhythmic events. Male and female gymnasts may compete in all events offered (All Around) or may be specialists, competing in one, two, or more (but not all) events.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.

Artistic Gymnastics

Men’s Events
Floor Exercise
Pommel Horse
Parallel Bars
Horizontal Bar
All Around (combination of all six event scores)

Women’s Events
Uneven Bars
Balance Beam
Floor Exercise
All Around (combination of all four event scores)

Mixed Gender Events
Single Bar
Wide Beam
Floor Exercise
All Around (combination of all four event scores)

Rhythmic Gymnastics

All Around (combination of all four event scores)

  • Special Olympics gymnastics was first included in 1972 as an official sport in the third International Special Olympics World Summer Games, when 11 athletes competed in tumbling and free exercise routines.
  • Ten Minnesota delegations currently offer their athletes the opportunity to train and compete in gymnastics.

When is Gymnastics offered?

April through June
Summer Games

Where is Gymnastics offered?