Guys, We Need To Talk About Rhythmic Gymnastics

Sorceresses are among us and they are rhythmic gymnasts.

You might be thinking all the Olympic gymnastics events are over, but you are wrong. Rhythmic gymnastics is here, and it is GLORIOUS.

You might be thinking all the Olympic gymnastics events are over, but you are wrong. Rhythmic gymnastics is here, and it is GLORIOUS.

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Oh, the ribbon-dancing thing, you’re thinking. Also the thing with the ball, the hoop, and the clubs.

Oh, the ribbon-dancing thing, you're thinking. Also the thing with the ball, the hoop, and the clubs.

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It’s true, rhythmic gymnastics is not nearly as well known in North America as its sibling discipline, artistic gymnastics.

It's true, rhythmic gymnastics is not nearly as well known in North America as its sibling discipline, artistic gymnastics.

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But it’s basically the closest thing in the Olympics to Cirque du Soleil, and it’s pretty damn mesmerizing to watch.

But it's basically the closest thing in the Olympics to Cirque du Soleil, and it's pretty damn mesmerizing to watch.

(Cirque recruits rhythmic gymnasts, BTW.)

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