As gymnastics continues to expand across the globe, the sport is facing a new challenge, with competitors grappling with the notion that they are all of the same race.
Gymnastics events are increasingly being contested in two distinct geographical regions: the US and Canada.
The US is a hotbed of the sport and has seen gymnasts competing in more than 60 events across three Olympic Games, while Canada has seen more than a dozen events in its own competition.
“We are the same people,” says Canadian gymnast Kaitlyn Leblanc.
It’s hard. “
It’s hard to find a good teammate and you have to find the best.
A closer look at the US Olympic gymnastics system and its history: When the US began its Olympic gymnastic history in 1908, it was just a fledgling country with a small population of 1.2 million. “
Sometimes you just have to be your own best friend.”
A closer look at the US Olympic gymnastics system and its history: When the US began its Olympic gymnastic history in 1908, it was just a fledgling country with a small population of 1.2 million.
In 1912, the first Olympic Games were held in New York and Los Angeles.
There were only nine events in total, with four in the US.
As a result, the US was able to compete at the highest level, with its gymnasts earning medals at both events.
At the 1912 Olympics, the U.S. won a gold medal, beating the Soviet Union.
The following year, the United States won silver and gold, beating Germany.
It would be a couple of decades before the US would reach the finals at the 1912 Summer Games in Helsinki.
In 1932, the Olympics were held on the same date as the 1924 Summer Games.
The United States was in the final four, with the Soviet, Japanese, and Chinese athletes competing in the finals.
The 1924 Olympics would be held in Chicago, but the city had been largely overrun by the Great Depression and was unable to accommodate the large crowds.
So, in 1932, a small group of Americans took the helm and started the US Gymnastic Association.
In 1933, the country held its first World Gymnatic Championships, but was only able to field six gymnasts, including Leblac.
“The American Olympic Gymnasts had been in existence for a long time before 1933,” says Leblacon.
“But they had been so short staffed that they were struggling.”
In 1934, the association was formed.
It is still in existence today, with an annual membership of more than 2,000.
“Today, we don’t have any other organizations that are the size and breadth of the US gymnastics association,” says US Gymmastics Association president Dan Hagen.
“As a result of our membership we have about 1,000 members and we are very proud to be a part of that.”
In addition to the U, US gymnasts compete at international events as well, including the 2008 Olympics, and the 2009 Olympic Games in Beijing.
A closer view at the 2009 Beijing Olympics: US gymnast Sarah Leblanche poses for a portrait during a press conference following her gold medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The U.s. is represented by the United Nations, with seven member countries represented at the Olympics: Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and South Korea.
The American team is led by American gymnast Amanda Collins.
US gymnastic federations include the National Gymnasia, the National Olympic Committee, the American Gymnast Federation, the USA Gymnathons Association, the International Gymnathlon Federation, and more.
While the US has its own national federation, the Olympic committee does not directly manage the American gymnasts.
Instead, the federation organizes the national championships.
Each sport is based in a specific city, and each city is responsible for hosting a team of gymnasts and organizing the Olympics.
In 2020, the 2020 Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan.
“I think we all feel like it’s the right thing to do, but at the same time it is a little bit daunting,” says Kelly McBride, the lead gymnast for the US team at the 2020 Games.
“There’s a lot of different challenges and we’re all on the clock, so it’s going to be tough.”
In 2020 the United Kingdom, with less than 5,000 people, hosts the event.
Canada, with just over 10,000, hosts it.
Germany, with 6.4 million people, holds the first event of the Games, which takes place in Budapest.
Australia hosts the second event in Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic Games are the biggest sports event in the world, with roughly 2.6 billion spectators across eight sports.
The 2016 edition of the games was held in Rio.