They are the best in the sports and were expected to dominate. And by the way in London 2012 rhythmic gymnastics Russia is on top in all-around team and individual (video)
Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that is wildly popular among Olympic fans. If there are two sports that every Olympic fan wants to watch, it is rhythmic gymnastic and female gymnastics. Another sport that also attracts almost similar amount of interest is synchronized swimming. This year the demand for seats at synchronising swimming was so high that officially IOC sold far more tickets for the synchronised swimming than the seating capacity.
It was only when the officials realised their mistake, they felt that it was set to create chaos during such a competitive and tough sport. Then they gave the people who bought the tickets in last the option to either opt for ticket in any other form of sport or go for cash return.
To be true the competition is going on expected lines and the highly professional Russian rhythmic gymnasts are dominating the sport. They not just completely overshadowed the all-around team competition but also individual performances as well. To be true in the finals there are ten gymnasts who have qualified for the finals and they belong to eight different teams.
Russia’s dominance in the sport is because of historic reasons as well. Rhythmic gymnastics is one of the most elegant gymnastics disciplines, combining dance, gymnastics and ballet. Gymnasts use hand-held apparatuses, including the ball, rope and clubs, and perform choreographed routines in front of a judging panel. Although the first World Championships didn’t take place until 1963, the fundamentals of the sport can be traced back to ancient Egypt.
This was not taken seriously by IO till very late as they didn’t think it was a sport worthy of being granted a place in Olympics. In 1956, hand-held exercises appeared in the Artistic Event in the Olympics, with gymnasts performing a group exercise with ropes. However, hand-held apparatuses soon disappeared from the artistic gymnastics program. Individual rhythmic gymnastics was featured as its own event in at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, and team competition was added at the 1996 Atlanta Games. At the Olympic level, rhythmic gymnastics includes only female athletes, who may compete once they enter their 16th year.