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We All Should Give Rhythmic Gymnastics The Respect It Deserves

They make a hard thing look so easy.
Olympians like Australia's Danielle Prince make rhythmic gymnastics work hard to create routines tha
Olympians like Australia's Danielle Prince make rhythmic gymnastics work hard to create routines that appear close to flawless.

People who say rhythmic gymnastics isn’t a real sport couldn’t be more wrong. Just because these athletes execute near flawless routines while decked out in sequin leotards and glittery makeup, doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s actually hella difficult.

Rhythmic Gymnastics combines sport with artistry. Imagine taking the elements of a gymnastics floor routine and adding classical dance, ballet and a prop in the mix. The athletes, competing individually or as a group, perform with a rope, hoop, ball, clubs or ribbon. Still not convinced on how amazing these athletes are? Watch these jaw-dropping clips below.

Here’s a montage of the 2016 Rio Olympic athletes top qualifying moments:

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 And here’s a clip to shut all the haters up:

Now I feel inspired to stretch and practice my backbend, and hopefully you all have a little more respect for these talented rhythmic gymnasts.

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