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Gymnasts often include flips in their routines. At first, gymnasts practice doing flips on the ground. They may start with a front flip. Later, they learn to do flips on balance beams. They practice flipping backward or Both feet must land on the beam.

Jumping and flipping can be hard on a person’s body. It is important for gymnasts to warm up before they get started. Gymnasts stretch before practicing or competing. Stretching helps muscles stay loose and flexible. That way, gymnasts are less likely to get hurt.

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Making Connections


Would you rather use bars, rings, or a balance beam? Why?


Have you read other books about sports? How are those sports similar to and different from gymnastics?


Gymnasts do their routines in front of judges. In what other activities do people get scores from judges?

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