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My First Time Watching Gymnastics Was Reasonably Overwhelming!

Throughout every Olympic video games, the likes of athletics and swimming are fairly distinguished which might be as a result of there are simply so many occasions inside these. After that, I reckon gymnastics is the subsequent most necessary Olympic sport because it too has many disciplines underneath it’s banner.

Final yr I tried to attend as many alternative sports activities as potential. Total, I noticed 21 together with 15 that I’d by no means beforehand been to. Athletics and swimming had been amongst that sizable checklist however one sport that eluded me was gymnastics. In fact there have been some gymnastics occasions in and round Tokyo however they both bypassed my consideration or passed off at inconvenient occasions.

Nevertheless, a few months in the past I noticed on a ticketing web site that there was a four-day gymnastics occasion happening mid-Could with the primary two days not costing something to attend (the ultimate two days value a couple of thousand yen every which was why they had been on the ticketing web site) which actually appealed to my tightfisted nature.

This occasion was not in Tokyo although. Neither was it in any of the encircling prefectures which make up Nice Tokyo. As an alternative, it was in Gunma Prefecture in a spot known as Takasaki which is someplace I’ve been to some occasions lately, and so I knew that it was really simple to get to through one direct practice taking about 90 minutes from Akabane station. Takasaki Enviornment is a ten minute stroll south of the station.


Takasaki Enviornment is a fairly cool-looking architectural constructing which has solely been in use for about seven years. It might maintain round 6000 folks, and is the common house venue for native B-League basketball group Gunma Crane Thunders.

I arrived simply in time for the two:10 pm begin and it felt a bit unusual to simply be ushered into a spot with none ticket alternate. Flags with among the gymnasts lined the wall resulting in the inside doorways for the world.

Inside, it was really busier than I anticipated and discovering a seat within the center part of the principle stand was not really easy. There have been loads of empty seats however because it was all unreserved folks wish to put their belongings on the seats subsequent to them to cease folks from sitting there. Except you’re courageous sufficient to ask somebody if anybody is sitting in a seat with a bag on it you’re not gonna have the ability to discover anyplace. As an alternative, I needed to accept a seat a bit additional alongside to the facet which meant the mat was a bit too distant however that’s most likely my least favorite of the gymnastics occasions!

I used to be in attendance for the second of 4 days exercise which was males’s day. My information of modern-day gymnasts just isn’t good in any respect which isn’t to say I knew many prior to now. By way of Japanese, I actually bear in mind gold medalist Kohei Uchimura from London 2012 and the one identify I recognised getting into to this occasion was Daiki Hashimoto however I by no means heard his identify talked about on the PA system. Not figuring out what he really seemed like actually didn’t assist both!!

With an elder sister as a gymnast, I grew up accustomed to watching the game on TV, significantly in the course of the Olympics of 1988 and 1992. This was after all in an period lengthy earlier than everybody had their very own selection of vieiwing on tablets and good telephones. Seeing the gymnastics in individual although was a bit overwhelming with a number of equipment typically getting used on the identical time! I didn’t know the place to look!


Once you’re watching from the consolation of your individual house you solely see one self-discipline at a time, and the commentators let you know all it is advisable to know. Once you’ve obtained poor information of the game although, it’s tough to know what sort of strikes they’re doing, and the way good they’re! For me, all of it simply seemed vastly spectacular! I couldn’t actually let you know who was higher than who!!


On the plus facet, if you’re really watching it dwell and in individual, your viewing choices will not be solely within the palms of the TV director which should be good for these wanting to look at a selected occasion or gymnast.

This gymnastics competitors concerned six totally different equipment of kinds; pommel horse, vault, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bars and the ground. Generally there have been 4 and even 5 of them occurring on the identical time.


The pommel horse was the closest equipment to my seat so that’s possibly what I targeted on greater than every other.


My sports activities posts aren’t precisely identified for going an excessive amount of into element about what really occurred, and it’s not as if anybody comes right here for a play-by-play report. That’s simply in addition to I’ve completely no concept who did what! That doesn’t matter although as I used to be there to simply benefit from the spectacle of seeing a sport I’d by no means seen earlier than. Hopefully, I’ll recognise a reputation or two the subsequent time I watch gymnastics on the Paris Olympics. On TV after all  and I’ll have a much better understanding of what’s occurring!

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