If there’s a sport that typifies the Olympic spectating experience, it’s gymnastics. For two weeks every four years, we become immersed in it, obsessed with giving our own scores and commenting on the landings.
Who are we cheering for?
Australia didn’t manage to qualify a team, but we scored an individual women's spot with Larrissa Miller our representative.
Miller finished sixth at the 2014 World Championships, so while she’s not one of the favourites, she’s experienced what it’s like to be at the top end of the leaderboard and won’t be daunted by the occasion.
Who will win it?
Simone Biles. Everyone else should just go home already.
Tell me more!
In the individual competition, women compete across four apparatus: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor. Men take part in six: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar.
Each entrant performs their series of movies on each apparatus, with two panels of judges watching.
One panel starts from 0, adding points for requirements, difficulty and connections. The other panel starts from 10.0, and deducts for execution and artistry. The final score is determined by adding the difficulty score and the execution score. A top score is approximately between 14 and 16 points, which is way different from the past, where a 10 was the perfect score.
The top ranked eight gymnasts from each apparatus then go through to the individual finals, while the top 24 all-around gymnasts advance to the all-around final.
Arabesque - A pose where the body is balanced on one leg and the other leg is extended up off the floor behind the body
Kip - How an athlete begins the uneven bars.
Roundoff - A type of cartwheel where the gymnast pushes off the ground and lands on two feet.
Competitors need to be at least 16 years of age to compete in the Games - or turning 16 in the calendar year.
The qualification for the women’s finals begins on Day 2 (Sunday August 7) from 10.45pm AEST. The women’s all-round final is on Day 6 (Friday August 12) from 5am AEST.
Australia has never won a medal in artistic gymnastics, but we’ve come bloody close. In London, Lauren Mitchell was fifth on the floor - just 0.067 off a medal.