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Olympic Order in Artistic Gymnastics
The Olympic order is the traditional way that gymnasts are arranged on the floor during an artistic gymnastics routine. The Olympic order for female gymnasts is: vault, bars, beam, and floor. The Olympic order for male gymnasts is: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar.
In artistic gymnastics competitions, there are two different types of events: the individual all-around competition and the apparatus finals. In the individual all-around competition, each gymnast performs on each apparatus. The score for each routine is totaled and the gymnast with the highest score wins. In apparatus finals, only the top eight gymnasts on each apparatus from the all-around competition compete. The score for each routine is totaled and the gymnast with the highest score wins.
Olympic order has changed several times over the years. For example, in the 1980s, the bars and beam were swapped in the Olympic order. The current Olympic order has been in place since 1996.
While the traditional Olympic order is still used in most competitions, there are some variations. For example, at the World Championships and at the Olympics, gymnasts compete in a qualifying round before the all-around or apparatus finals. In the qualifying round, each gymnast performs on three of the six apparatuses. The score for each routine is totaled and the top 24 gymnasts advance to the all-around final or the top eight advance to an apparatus final.