36 Photos to Remind You That Rhythmic Gymnastics Is All Sorts of Baton-Twirling Wonderful

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Compared to its more mainstream sibling, rhythmic gymnastics is often overlooked at events like the Olympics. And that's bullshit! It might be limited to the floor event, but the moves on display are still hella impressive, and there are PROPS involved — balls and batons and hoops and ribbons, all of them fabulous. Also, the leotards are much fancier and that has to count for something. (IMO, it counts for a lot.)

Enjoy a series of photos from the all around Olympic rhythmic gymnastics qualifying rounds in Rio Friday, and know that your best hula hoop moves will forever pale in comparison. Also, cheer on Team USA's Laura Zeng, because she's a superstar!

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1 Look at this balance.
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South Korean gymnast Son Yeon Jae.

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2 Marvel at it, even.
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Greek gymnast Varvara Filiou.

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3 And a hula hoop, say what now.
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French gymnast Kseniya Moustafaeva.

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4 Fuck yes ombre ribbons.
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Spanish gymnast Carolina Rodriguez Ballesteros.

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5 YESSSSSSSSSS.
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Varvara Filiou.

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6 Back with the balls again.
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Uzbekistani gymnast Anastasiya Serdyukova.

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7 Can't even deal with the balance skills happening here.
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Russian gymnast Margarita Mamun.

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8 Especially because you'd probably have sweaty palms in this moment.
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Russian gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva.

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9 How do they do it?!
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Australian gymnast Danielle Prince.

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10 This is magic, literally.
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Chinese gymnast Rong Shang.

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11 COME ON, now.
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Japanese gymnast Kaho Minagawa.

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12 Just look at this.
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German gymnast Jana Berezko-Marggrander.

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13 This is some ANTM-worthy posing.
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Kaho Minagawa.

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14 Ribbon waving like this is an art form.
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Brazilian gymnast Natalia Azevedo Gaudio.

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15 Pure art.
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Kazakhstani gymnast Sabina Ashirbayeva.

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16 Can you even? (No, you can't.)
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Italian gymnast Veronica Bertolini.

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17 Still can't!
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Son Yeon Jae.

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18 Ditto this.
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Finnish gymnast Ekaterina Volkova.

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19 How are you not stuck forever when you get in a position like this?!
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Kaho Minagawa.

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20 How do you even get into a position like this, let alone get stuck there?!
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Yana Kudryavtseva.

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21 R-I-B-B-O-N-S
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American gymnast Laura Zeng.

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22 Always here for the ribbons.
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Bulgarian gymnast Neviana Vladinova.

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23 OMG also here for the batons though!
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Kaho Minagawa.

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24 Won't someone set their batons on fire? (I'm sure that's not allowed.)
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Anastasiya Serdyukova.

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25 This is like calligraphy, but, like, in the air. I'm so profound, y'all.
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Shang Rong.

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26 ~rAInBoW~ calligraphy, even.
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Cape Verdean gymnast Elyane Boal.

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27 Seriously why would anyone accessorize with anything other than a rainbow ribbon, for any occasion, ever again?!
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Azerbaijani gymnast Marina Durunda.

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28 OK, time to chillax a little.
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Romanian gymnast Ana Luiza Filiorianu.

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29 Here's some more balls.
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Laura Zeng.

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30 Balls.
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Jana Berezko-Marggrander.

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31 Balls!
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Danielle Prince.

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32 Balls balls balls.
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Yana Kudryavtseva.

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33 And some more ribbons again.
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Danielle Prince.

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34 I just keep coming back to the ribbons (I can't help myself).
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Kseniya Moustafaeva.

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35 Need this pose for my Tinder profile tbqh.
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Marina Durunda.

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36 See this might even be a mistake and it's still just ***flawless. Long live rhythmic gymnastics.
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Margarita Mamun.

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