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Artistic Gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games

Day Five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland saw strength, grace, solid execution, and even some royals. The artistic gymnastics competition had just begun when an inconspicuous threesome entered the stands. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the ranks of gymnastics enthusiasts to cheer on the competitors in the twentieth Commonwealth Games. While the Commonwealth Games may not be the most gargantuan event, they do provide up-and-coming athletes a venue to compete on an international scale. Young athletes testing the waters for a larger audition use the Commonwealth Games to measure their readiness. Gymnasts in the Games will compete on a total of 7 different apparatus and women can also compete in rhythmic gymnastics. The athletes will compete in individual and team events on the uneven and parallel bars, vault, rings, floor, balance beam, and pommel horse. Rhythmic gymnastics will include events in the hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon.

Sunday's Women's 100 Meter Breaststroke saw the Games' youngest medalist ever win bronze. Thirteen year-old Erraid Davies placed third in the event and her coach feels confident this will give her the confidence she needs to make the big run for South America's games. Encouraging young athletes is a key priority of the Commonwealth Games. Look for many of these young faces in Rio in just a few short years.

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