LONDON (AP) The Russians stood on the podium, belting out their anthem for the entire arena to hear.
With the way Russia has dominated Olympic rhythmic gymnastics, everybody ought to know it by now.
The Russians won their fourth straight Olympic gold medal in the group event Sunday at the London Games, giving them yet another clean sweep of the rhythmic events. Russia has won both rhythmic titles at every Olympics dating to the Sydney Games in 2000.
Gymnastics has come a long way from its origin of military training to the energetic display of grace, power and athleticism that now comprises one of the Summer Games' marquee competitions. Replete with drama throughout its history, the sport's varied events have forged many of the signature moments and images of the modern Games. Tour its beginnings, explore its equipment and evolution, and take a seat in the chair of a judge for a lesson in objectively gauging difficulty and execution.